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Kerala Varma (1923/1924 – 23 July 2010), popularly known as Kevy, was an Indian political cartoonist.

Kevy began his career by publishing cartoons in Shankar's Weekly. He later became a staff cartoonist at Eastern Economist. During the Emergency, Kevy was jailed ostensibly for drawing caricatures critical of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[1] Kevy drew his last cartoons for The New Indian Express in 2008 and 2009.[2]

Kevy believed in the distinction of cartoons from art, and chose to regard a cartoon as a message – the merit of which only depends on how effectively the message is conveyed. His style changed considerably over the course of his career.[3]

He died on 23 July 2010 in Kochi, aged 86.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cartoonist 'Kevy' is no more". Press Trust of India. Hindustan Times. 24 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Kevy sketched his last cartoons for Express". The New Indian Express. 24 July 2010.
  3. ^ Khanduri, Ritu Gairola (2014). Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World. Cambridge University Press. pp. 217–220. ISBN 978-1-107-04332-9.