The Bangalore edition of The Times of India turns 25 years old today. But the joy of a great journey from being No.4 to No.1—from climbing from a circulation of 20,000 copies to “over 500,000,” in the words of resident editor H.S. Balram—is slightly marred by a photograph on the front page of the “special report” marking the occasion.
The picture, shot by T.L. Ramaswamy, captures Bangalore’s most famous thoroughfare, Mahatma Gandhi Road, then and now. Then being 1984. Among the hoardings dotting the buildings is a hoarding for the Korean company, Lucky Goldstar alias LG.
LG, for the record, was launched in India in 1997.
Photographs: courtesy The Times of India
Hat tip: Satish Patel
Sandeep Adhwaryu, the chief illustrator of Outlook magazine, has bagged the first prize in the first “Maya Kamath Memorial Award for excellence in cartooning-2008”, organized by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bangalore.
This was the winning entry:
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000.
The award is in memory of Maya Kamath, India’s only woman political cartoonist who did work for The Times of India and The Asian Age, before her untimely demise in 2001at the age of 50.
The second prize has gone to Ramadhyani of Naavika, a Kannada daily, and the third prize to Shankar of the multi-edition Telugu daily, Saakshi.
Muhammad Zahoor of The Daily, Peshwar, won a special jury award.
The entries for the awards were judged by the playwright Girish Karnad; the resident editor of The Times of India in Bangalore, H.S. Balram; the artist S.G. Vasudev; and the chief political cartoonist of The Hindu, Keshav.
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Photograph: Cartoonist V.G. Narendra (left) and Amarnath Kamath of Maya Kamath Memorial Trust announcing the prizes at a media conference in Bangalore on Wednesday (Karnataka Photo News)
Cartoon: courtesy Sandeep Adhwaryu/ Outlook