On 21st October, a week-long exhibition–Remembering Maya–was launched at PageTurners Bookstore. The exhibition is a tribute to renowned cartoonist Maya Kamath, on her 10th death anniversary, which is on 26th October. It was an intimate gathering of family and friends at the bookstore, as Maya’s son Nandan read out excerpts from a book of her cartoons, compiled by his sister Deepa. Some of the family’s close friends also spoke at the launch, remembering Maya fondly.
Besides being one of the most popular cartoonists in the country, Maya also had great compassion for animals, and was among the first people to collaborate with CUPA (Compassion Unlimited Plus Action). Nandan and his friends read from e-mails that Maya wrote to her children, talking about the cause that was close to her heart. Copies of the book Remembering Maya are being sold at the store, the proceeds of which will be donated to CUPA.
The exhibition at PageTurners makes it clear that so many of the issues that Maya dealt with in her cartoons continue to be relevant over a decade after she drew them. Journalist Nupur Basu, Maya’s long-time associate, was present at the event and made a point of this, stating that Maya’s work continued to be contemporary.
The exhibition is on at the bookstore till 30th October.