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Senryu Haiga by Gautam Nadkarni

Born in 1955, Gautam Nadkarni has lived all his life in the city of Mumbai in India. Educated in St Xavier's Boys' Academy, a Jesuit school, he went on to acquire a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Bombay University.

At the age of 12 he happened to come across an article on Charles Schultz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, and longed to be a cartoonist. He has been drawing ever since.

In the year 2006 he stumbled upon haiku on the web and was so enamoured by it that he took up the pen and attempted haiku. Subsequently he started writing senryu and discovered to his delight that he could marry his poetry with his cartoons in senryu haiga. His haiga won 1st prize in the Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition in 2017 and again, 3rd prize in 2019.

Asked how he developed his own style of cartooning he says that it was more by trial and error with a good deal of luck rather than by actual design. Nadkarni is a self taught cartoonist and has never had formal education in art. He learnt a lot however from the How to Draw books of Walter Foster.

If you're already familiar with Gautam's distinctive cartooning style of senryu haiga, you'll be as pleased as I am to welcome him to Haigaonline. His contributions to our Time and Space issue are a commentary on aging.