Ro­han Chakravarty

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature -

RDen­tistry Car­toon­ist

ohan Chakravarty is a den­tist­turned-an­i­ma­tor-turned-car­toon­ist. His comic strip Green Hu­mour talks about wildlife, an­i­mal be­hav­iour, an­i­mal facts and some­times even satirises the de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife by the govern­ment and com­pa­nies.

“I have al­ways been draw­ing car­toons. Once, I vol­un­teered for an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Kids for Tigers, which got me in­ter­ested in wildlife. I de­cided to com­bine two in­ter­ests and see what comes out of it,” said Chakravarty. His agenda is clea r: Pop­u­larise wildlife and as­so­ci­ated is­sues to the gen­eral pub­lic. His comic strip is the only In­dian art­work dis­trib­uted by Uni­ver­sal Uclick, Chakravarty claims. He also holds ex­hi­bi­tions around the country to pop­u­larise his comics.

“I was ter­ri­ble as a den­tist. I quit af­ter my de­gree. I needed an es­cape. I was bet­ter at car­toon­ing. I grad­u­ally found a way to merge two pas­sions and build a pro­fes­sion out of it,” said Chakravarty.

The jour­ney hasn’t been easy. Af­ter quit ti ng den­tist r y, Chakravar t y worked as an an­i­ma­tor for three years to sup­port his Green Hu­mour comic strip. Chakravarty has been draw­ing since he was a child. When he made the fi­nal switch to car­toon­ing, his fam­ily was sup­port­ive.

Apart from sketch­ing, Chakravarty is an avid bird­watcher and more than half of his work re­volves around birdlife.

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