Born in a simple family of Gwalior, India, Irfan set out to reveal his art to the world quite early in life. At 53 today, he can boast of a 36-year-long cartoonist career.
He has worked with almost all the leading newspapers and news channels of the country. He has grown up under great editors such as Swaminathan Aiyar, MJ Akbar, Shekhar Gupta and Om Thanvi. Irfan pioneered the concept of political cartoons in electronic media in India.
His cartoons, in various forms have appeared or continue to appear on leading Indian news channels like ABP News, Zee News, Sahar Samay. He has also been involved with NDTV’s Gustakhi Maaf. He has hosted talk shows ‘Shakhsiyat’ on Zee News and ‘Itni si Baat’ on Sahar Samay, respectively.
He was selected to represent India in Tokyo in The Tenth Asian Cartoon Exhibition organised by The Japan Foundation in 2005. He has held ten solo cartoon exhibitions till date. He has published three cartoon collections, namely, Punchline, My Delhi and Kargil Kartoons.
He has also contributed for NCERT, and his cartoons are a subject of study in High School. He was awarded the prestigious Kaka Hathrasi Award in 2010 by Hindi Academy. He has worked with the Election Commission of India to spread awareness amongst voters. He is the chief cartoonist with India’s first national political cartoon magazine, Teekhi Mirch.
Of course, he has also had his fair share of controversies, and was implicated for a cartoon on a former Chief Justice of India. He continues to be a prime target of trolls on social media for his unabashed comments on people in power, and his fearless spirit of journalism!