manmohan-singhStarting his career as a political cartoonist, K V Gautam worked for leading newspapers like Dainik Jagran, Hindustan and Indian Nation, and illustrated more than 50 books.

A self-taught Indian cartoonist, KV Gautam started to draw cartoons right from his early childhood. He got his cartoons on political events published in several journals including fortnightly Khojbin and monthly Cartoon Watch, while still pursuing his graduation. A graduate in Economics and post graduate in Mass Communications, he began his career with the daily Dainik Jagran. He drew cartoons on political and social issues of the country. He also worked for newspapers like the Indian Nation, Hindustan, Aaj and Aryavarta.

Gautam has illustrated several books on sports, biographies, management, cinema and other subjects. He illustrated a series of biographies of celebrities like A P J Abdul Kalam, A B Vajpayee, Dhirubhai Ambani, Kapil Dev, Ratan Tata, NR Narayana Murthy, Sachin Tendulkar and Azim Premji, published by the Pentagon Paperbacks. In 2003, he illustrated a best-selling book 2003: World Cup Cricket: Action Replay 1983? A coffee-table book The Eternal Saga harry-potterof Love: Devdas was also illustrated by him. A fine caricaturist, he drew caricatures of several travel trade personalities for The World of Travel & Tourism, a travel trade journal. He also drew cartoons for the job site Recently he illustrated the book “The Power of Humor at the Workplace” written by K Sathyanarayana.


K V Gautam has won many contests on drawing and painting. In 1994, he was awarded with the First Prize in the Poster Contest on the theme of population control, organized by the Population Education Fund of the State Government. He was awarded with Certificate of Merit in the national contest of International Amitabh BachchanPoster Contest – 1993 on the theme of Population and Our World, jointly organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT).

Cartoon Workshops & Honours:

In the year 2008, he was invited to conduct a Cartoon Workshop by BITS Pilani, one of top 5 engineering colleges of India.

On 22 October, 2009, K V Gautam was invited as a guest to conduct a Caricature Workshop at IIT Kanpur, a premier engineering college of India.

Invited by Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi, to distribute prizes to students at inter-school competitions in November 2011. Forty schools participated in various events.

He was invited as a Guest by Anna University, Chennai in February 2012. He taught students how to draw cartoons and caricatures, and judged and distributed prize in a cartoon contest, a part of the university’s annual cultural festival held from 1-3 February 2012. Click here to see photos of the event.

K V Gautam was invited to judge a cartoon contest named Toonsville at St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University on 19 February 2012.

He was invited to share his views as a panelist on TV news channel NewsX on its program Speak Out India on 14 May 2012. The program was about a controversy on a cartoon about Bhimrao Ambedkar.

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