<i>Cartoon speaks of city's water crisis, gridlock</i>
With a pitcher of water, a father came to visit his daughter in Dhaka. The surprised daughter asked him the reason for bringing water from their village home far away.
The father replied that he brought water as he heard about an acute crisis of drinking water in Dhaka.
This was not a real story, not even one in a book. Cartoonist Khalil depicted it through a cartoon describing the scarcity of drinking water in Dhaka.
Khalil's cartoon and of others portraying different types of sufferings and problems in Dhaka was on display in a cartoon exhibition 'Dhaka Toons' at National Press Club in the city yesterday.
A total of 71 cartoons drawn by 34 professional and non-professional cartoonists are on display. They described stories of unbearable traffic congestion, water crisis, load- shedding, fear of earthquake, power crisis, waterlogging, water pollution and other problems.
Cartoonist Shishir Bhattacharya, Ahsan Habib, artists Quayyum Chowdhury and Rafiqun Nabi drew three cartoons after inaugurating the exhibition, to continue till tomorrow.
A new platform titled Bangladesh Cartoonist Association, formed by a group of cartoonists, also emerged through the exhibition.
Attending the function, Ahsan Habib congratulated the young cartoonists for organising such a wonderful function and forming the association.
Habibur Rahman Hasan of Dhaka College, while visiting the exhibition, said, “This is really amusing. The cartoonists described most of Dhaka's problems through their cartoons.”
Cartoons published in different newspapers as well as some unpublished are on display.