Biswajit Balasubramanian (b.1963)

Biswajit is a caboodler - has been and always will be. The passion with which he caboodles reflects in his endearing characters - layered with humour to give life to a happy congregation of people that populate his art. His animated train of thought portrays socially inspired situations with graphic detail. He excavates deep for the ‘invisible’ to appear and it does…with such clarity that it is almost shocking in its innate simplicity. Biswajit's eye is trained to peel away the layers, one by one, and to reveal in its simplicity a constellation of characters engaged in the ‘drama of life’. To express the maximum in the most minimalist of terms is a challenge that Biswajit straddles with ease. A cartoonist’s caboodle is a collective narrative that essays the sensitivity of the creator. With Biswajit, narrative is infused with thought-provoking stories that never fail to leave a smile or giggle on the face of the beholder!

For Biswajit as a cartoonist, transitioning from a flat surface to a three dimensional sculptures in fibreglass has been an exciting foray that brings to life his world of characters. His sculptures explore social themes and the Divine and are presented in contemporary parlance.

Biswajit Balasubramanian’s professional career as a cartoonist began in 2002 when his pocket cartoon was featured in the Chennai based bi-monthly newspaper Madras Musings for ten years. The work spread over three years was published in 2005 as a compilation, titled Chennai Latte-A Madras Brew, which he co-authored with Ranjitha Ashok. He also worked with almost all newspapers in Chennai. His weekly strip cartoon, titled Mallini appeared in The Hindu-Retail Plus for two years. His cartoons have also appeared in several lifestyle magazines such as Frappe, and 2nd REEL, a strip cartoon, in Galatta Cinema, Kaapi for Malli, an online gourmet website. His one-a-page corporate cartoons appeared in Nightingale Management Diary in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Biswajit’s cartoon Biz As Usual… appears almost daily in the City Express of The New Indian Express since November 2014. He has illustrated several books with leading publishers including children’s books for Tulika Publishers, Chennai. He worked with Tulir, a Chennai based NGO, to bring out their publicity material for Child Abuse in 2015.

His solo shows include MADras! in celebration of the Madras week at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, 2014, Caboodle of Lines at The Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bengaluru, 2012, Madras Music Musings 2012 in collaboration with Pianist Anil Srinivasan and Humorology for Art Chennai, 2012. Selected curated shows he has participated are Raas Leela, Forum Art Gallery, 2012, India Art Festival Mumbai 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016, India Art Festival New Delhi 2016,  The Madras Canvas at ICCR, Kuala Lumpur, 2010, Lining the Streets, Forum Art Gallery for Chennai Sangamam, 2009, The Madras Canvas I and II at Forum Art Gallery, 2007, 2008, for Madras Week, Forum Art Gallery, 2007, WomanEyes, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2006, Maiden Humour, Nehru Centre, London, and Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006.

Biswajit has conducted a workshop at Kala Goda Festival 2015 in Mumbai and for the Fine Arts students of Stella Maris College, Chennai in 2014, 2015. He also regularly conducts Cartoon and Comics workshops at various venues.  

In April 2017, he was invited by the Commissioner, Corporation of Madurai to do wall murals at Bharathiar Park, Madurai.

He received a special jury award for his political cartoon for 2013, awarded by Maya Kamath Memorial Awards and Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bengaluru.

He lives and works in Chennai, India.

Raas Leela - November 1 - 30 , 2012
Humorology - March 13 - 13 , 2012
India Art Festival Mumbai - November 28 - 2 , 2012
Madras Music Musings - August 24 - 22 , 2012
Present in the past - August 23 - 15 , 2010
The Madras Canvas @ KL - April 1 - 30 , 2010
Alay Payudhey - November 23 - 30 , 2013
IAF 2013 - December 19 - 22 , 2013
Interface - February 11 - 12 , 2014
MADras! - August 18 - 20 , 2014
IAF2014 - November 27 - 30 , 2014
IAF - Delhi 2016 - January 14 - 17 , 2016
IAF - Mumbai 2016 - October 6 - 9 , 2016
The ART of Traditional GAMES - August 19 - 31 , 2017
MARGAZHI MUSINGS - Savouring the Art of Margazhi - December 21 - 11 , 2018
Identity and Experience - 2019 - November 20 - 29 , 2019

Biswajit Balasubramanian