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Kamat in Caricatures

Depiction of K. L. Kamat in Caricatures
First Online: March 23, 2002
Page Last Updated: January 03, 2018


Dr. K. L. Kamat was a very colorful person and has been the subject of many a humorous short stories by my mother Jyotsna Kamat. I have compiled the following cartoons and caricatures to illustrate artists' depiction of Kamat. Many are in fact, drawn by Kamat himself (self caricatures) but many others are by professional artists commissioned by various publications. I thank each of them for providing entertaining, yet truthful depictions of my father. - VK.

Artist: Hublikar, Sudha Weekly

Kamat, Family Humorist

 Most caricatures of Kamat involved humorous situations with wife Jyotsna -- arguing and finding joy in simple matters of life.


To Shoot a Flying Bird

Kamat was an avid bird watcher and has taken thousands of photographs of birds. This particular article illustrates how Kamat got arrested for photographing birds at a United Nations University. 

Staff Artist, The Tushar Monthly 

Staff Artist, Sudha Weekly


Kamat took great joy in identifying himself with, and photographing the street children of India. 
After he distributed their pictures, the homeless kids would follow him everywhere he go.

Children of Asphalt -- Population experts are worried about the children of India. Not them! Pictures of happy children growing up on the streets of India.

The Anonymous Cameraman

Throughout his life, Kamat kept such a low profile, that very few people knew who he was. In this self caricature, Kamat is photographing a model,  without identifying himself.

K. L. Kamat

K. L. Kamat

Kamat the Vegetable Buyer

Kamat went to the local vegetable and fruit market everyday for thirty-two years. He was quite an enigma among the roadside vendors. They called him as the "Late Night Restaurateur", "Photo Uncle", and "Friend of the Poor".

Caricature shows Kamat buying more vegetables than he can consume. (Yes. he hand-carried them)

Kamat buying vegetables | Vegetable & fruit sellers

K. L. Kamat

Kamat Cooker!

Kamat was an excellent, and efficient cook. He did not have a refrigerator, and hence the Kamats had to cook often. The caricature shows Kamat using the traditional Indian knife (stationary knife) while operating a pressure cooker on a kerosene stove.

Kamat Kitchen | Photographic Evidence 

K. L. Kamat

Kamat Pickles Factory

Kamat was an expert pickle-maker with mangoes and lemon pickles being his specialties. Kamat's pickles were highly sought after among friends and relatives, and have been used as bribe to patch marriages, and close business deals.

Kamat also used to prepare a dry pickle from a bitter fruit called Kaddu-Narag, that was used in the family to cure loss of appetite and as a dietary aid.



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Remembering Kamat

Kamat Selecting a Transparency for WebsiteThe Skillful HandsKamat Breaks Open a Coconut for CookingThe Late Night RestaurateurKamat Buying VegetablesKamat Carries Money in a Book!Fatherly Figure Kamat with best friend Nakul Redkar
Kamat on his Dollar a Day Travel Tour of America Photograph of Kamat in his Lab. taken by a customerK.L.Kamat (extreme right) with his SiblingsKamat Brings Vegetables HomeThis one makes the cutThe Kamats at their residence in BangaloreKrishnananda KamatPhotograph of Kamats Doctorate of Philosophy
Portrait of Krishnanand KamatMourners reading Kamats old lettersKamat as College Student, Kanara College Kumta 1955Graduate Student, Karnataka College Dharwad, 1956K.L. Kamat Graduating in 1957.K.L. Kamat - from his Passport, 1961Learned to wear a necktie in USA, 1962.Kamat the Fullbright Scholar, New York, 1963
Light-hearted personK.L. Kamat at WorkIndian Head in  American HatKrishna in Jinnah CapScientist K. L. KamatKamat Always Travels with his CameraK.L. Kamat in Tirathgad ForestK.L. Kamat in his Lab.
Vikas Gets a Joy Ride on Krishna`s ShouldersKamat Making a Photo AlbumKamat with Colleagues, PlasseyAdmirers of Kamat Gathered for 75th BirthdayA Father and his ChildThe Kamat BrothersThe Kamat CoupleKamat Making Flat Indian Bread (<i>chapati</i>)
Kamat after his Doctorate in 1965Kamat with EldersKamat`s DiariesK.L.Kamats Father Laxman KamatThe Lighting CeremonyExhibition of some of Kamats PhotographsPicking Slides for Kamat.comSinging Kamats Glory Sung by Students of MES College
Kamat Photographing Waves at KarwarThe Kamat Couple in OotyK.L. Kamat  Photographing a TempleK. L. KamatWalking Tall -- Krishna being honored in hometown of HonavarPoetic Tribute to Kamat

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