30 December 1974|
Pandalam Thekkekkara, Pathanamthitta district
|Pen name||Super-Speedy Cartoonist|
|Occupation||Performing cartoonist, poet|
|Education||M.A in English Literature , LL.B|
S. Jithesh, popularly known as Jitheshji, is a speed cartoonist and former Vice-Chairman of Kerala Cartoon Academy. He has initiated and popularised "Super-Speedy Cartooning" through his infotainment cartoon stage shows named Varayarangu. His infotainment art form, Varayarangu, is a blend of poetry, anecdotes, and socio-political satire with high speed drawing. Sketching of more than thousand celebrity caricatures at a quick pace and satirical commentary is the major attraction of his cartoon stage shows. He is recognised as the "World's Fastest Performing Cartoonist" since his ability to speed sketch fifty celebrity caricatures within five minutes.
He has conducted more than 5000 speed cartoon stage shows across India and abroad. As a Performing Cartoonist he is known for his lightning sketches and pictorial speech on stage. He is the first Indian performing artist who performed Speed cartoon Stage shows in five foreign countries within 5 consecutive days as a part of Asianet News program "Proud to be An Indian" Jithesh has carved out his own niche of political sketches which have appeared in many Kerala publication. He has drawn cover illustrations and caricatures for more than a thousand books in Malayalam including Kamala Das' collection of short stories, Madhavikkuttiyude Unmakadhakal. He was the editor-in-chief of Chiricheppu Cartoon monthly. Jithesh's interests are not limited to cartooning alone since he has also published his own collections of poems in Malayalam.
He was born on 30 December 1974 at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta District as the son of K. N. Somasekharan Nair and M. Remani Amma He graduated with a LL.B degree and an M.A in English Literature. He is married to Unnimaya and father of two children.
- Nakshathrangale Pranayicha Oraal (Library of Congress citation: Jitēṣ, Es. Nakṣatr̲aṅṅaḷe pr̲aṇayicca orāḷ : kavitakaḷ / Es. Jitēṣ. Nūr̲anāṭ : Uṇma Pabḷikkēṣans, 1999. 50 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. LC Control Number 99952122)
- Kuttikkavitthakalum Cartoon Padanavum
- Cartoon-Caricature Varakkaan Padikkan
- "Cartoon – Caricature competition and Workshop with Speed cartoonist Jitheshji - Ayanam e Journal". Ayanam.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "Strokes in a jiffy". Thehindu.com. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "'Varayarangu' reaches a milestone". Thehindu.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- Kuttoor, Radhakrishnan (26 June 2013). "All in a line… a pictorial speech". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "വരയരങ്ങില് വിസ്മയംതീര്ത്ത് അഡ്വ. എസ്.ജിതേഷ് 25 വര്ഷം പിന്നിടുന്നു". Mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "Toonz celebrates International Animation Day". Indiaitnews.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- "Asianet News Proud to be an Indian UAE Qualifying Test in Sharjah". YouTube. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- Vara Arangu (6 February 2014). "Cartoonist Jitheshji (World's No:1 Speed Cartoonist on KAIRALI TV's Veritta Kazhchakal )". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2018.