S. Jithesh

S. Jithesh
Born (1974-12-30) 30 December 1974
Pandalam Thekkekkara, Pathanamthitta district
Pen name Super-Speedy Cartoonist
Occupation Performing cartoonist, poet
Nationality India
Citizenship Indian
Education M.A in English Literature , LL.B
Genre Varayarangu, cartoons
Spouse Unnymaya
Children 2

S. Jithesh, popularly known as Jitheshji,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] He is recognised as the "World's Fastest Performing Cartoonist" since his ability to speed sketch fifty celebrity caricatures within five minutes.[4][5][6][7]

He has conducted more than 5000 speed cartoon stage shows across India and abroad.[8] As a Performing Cartoonist he is known for his lightning sketches and pictorial speech on stage.[4] 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" [9] 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.[8]

Personal life

He was born on 30 December 1974 at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta District as the son of K. N. Somasekharan Nair and M. Remani Amma [10] He graduated with a LL.B degree and an M.A in English Literature. He is married to Unnimaya and father of two children.[11]

Published works

  • 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


  1. "Cartoon – Caricature competition and Workshop with Speed cartoonist Jitheshji - Ayanam e Journal". Ayanam.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. "Strokes in a jiffy". Thehindu.com. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. "'Varayarangu' reaches a milestone". Thehindu.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. 1 2 Kuttoor, Radhakrishnan (26 June 2013). "All in a line… a pictorial speech". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. "വരയരങ്ങില്‍ വിസ്മയംതീര്‍ത്ത് അഡ്വ. എസ്.ജിതേഷ് 25 വര്‍ഷം പിന്നിടുന്നു". Mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. "Toonz celebrates International Animation Day". Indiaitnews.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. 1 2
  8. "Asianet News Proud to be an Indian UAE Qualifying Test in Sharjah". YouTube. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. Vara Arangu (6 February 2014). "Cartoonist Jitheshji (World's No:1 Speed Cartoonist on KAIRALI TV's Veritta Kazhchakal )". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

Other sources

  1. Kerala Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Sahityakara Directory’.
  2. Samakalika Malayalam Weekly’s 2004 October 1- Issue, Page74 (Jeevitham Enne Enthu Padippichu column compiled by T.N.Jayachandran I.A.S
  3. Kavikalum Kavitha Charithravum- An Academic Encyclopedia, Published by Haritham Books, Kozhikode.
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