Vol. 5 Num 1140 Mon. August 13, 2007  

Cartoons against corruption

The prize giving ceremony for the "Cartoon Contest against Corruption", organised by The Daily Star, was recently held at the National Press Club.

Mahfuz Anam, editor, The Daily Star, speaking at the occasion, said that the media plays a strong role in the drive against corruption. He said that the cartoons in the contest included some brilliant work. He informed that the selection had been done by Rafiqun Nabi, Shishir Bhattacharya, Shahriar Khan and Shumona.

Iftikharuzzaman of Transparency International Bangladesh, said that the government had taken up corruption as a challenge. Dwelling on the cartoons he said that much could be achieved through them.

Writer Salina Hussain said that the cartoons impressed her immensely.

Lt Gen (retd)Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Chairman, Anti Corruption Commission, said that the fight against corruption was a vital one and the endeavour of the young cartoonists ought to be to sustain the struggle.

Rafiqun Nabi commented that the ideas expressed through the cartoons in the contest were subtle and witty. He said that if people left their corrupt ways there would not be the need for satiric cartoons anymore and artists would take to making idyllic paintings.

The 1st prize has been won by Md. Arifur Rahman. The second prize went to Shumon Wahid while the third prize was bagged by Sadatuddin Ahmed. The other winners were Mamun Hussain, Nargis Akhter Punom, Shahanara Nargis, Shubho Das, Tariq Shafiullah, Shafiul Azam Chowdhury, Syed Qamrul Ahsan Tonmoi.

Arifur Rahman, the first prize winner, showed a worm- eaten tree and a huge jar of large worms in his cartoon. He wanted to say that when all corrupt people are found behind bars the country will finally prosper. He has worked in "Alpin" and has won a prize at a Transparency International of Bangladesh competition.

Shumon Wahid, the second prize winner, had a corrupt man shown sunk in waves of corruption , with his hands tied , his legs caught in a box of evil, his eyes bulging out, and being attacked by underwater creatures like octopus and sword fish. Shumon, a third year student of the Institute of Fine Arts DU, has grown up seeing the cartoons of cartoons specialists like Rafiqun Nabi and Shishir Bhattacharya. He had stood first in the Transparency International of Bangladesh competition in 2006. He works with "Insight", doing covers and illustrations. Before that he worked with "Alpin". Working on cartoons for four years, he enjoys drawing based work and takes delight in presenting humour though pictures. He hopes to go in for illustration in a big way and help develop comic art.

Sadatuddin Ahmed, who won the third prize, presented an evil, green monster with many hands. A policeman is shown approaching him but his handcuff is not enough. He is shown thinking that if many people could bind him with a rope, he could be overcome. Sadat has been doing cartoons since 2001 and is now a student of Painting Dept.of Fine Arts DU. He likes Shishir Bhattacharya and Rafiqun Nabi as the finest cartoonist of the country. "Cartoons are a strong medium that can move and instruct people," he said.

Theatre actress, Shimul Yousuf presented the inaugural song. Ustad Afzalur Rahman rendered a sarode recital. The programme rounded up with songs by Elita and Omi.

The first and second prize entries at the cartoon competition