National Games mascot Ammu's creator cries foul, says govt shortchanged him
news Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 29, 2015 | 9.25 pm IST 35th National Games to be hosted in Kerala has been mired in one controversy after another- accusations about mismanagement have been flying thick and high. Now a cartoonist created Ammu, a caricature of the Great Indian Hornbill, that was selected as the official Mascot of the 35th National Games Kerala, has alleged that he has not been acknowledged for his work. Rakesh P Nair a cartoonist from Thiruvananthapuram alleges that he has been tactically avoided from all the functions related to games and had not even invited for the logo release ceremony. â€śI designed Ammu witha lot of effort; they just paid a small amount and neglected me. They didn't invite me for Run Kerala Run or logo release ceremonyâ€ť he told TNM. He says that the organisers are avoiding him and not invited for the National Games inaugural ceremony too. â€śThey behave as if I have nothing to do with Ammuâ€ť he complains. Nair had drawn Ammu in 45 different styles for various games like beach handball, badminton, athletics, beach volleyball and so on. But later after accepting all the caricatures, the organizing committee had reportedly handed over the drawings to an advertising agency and they changed the colours of original Ammu. He has also alleged that the ad agency who took over the rights on Ammu without his permission, has taken lakhs from government. Nair got only Rs 70000 as remuneration. â€śAt least they could have asked me before handing over the rightsâ€ť he says. Original Ammu Nair claims that nobody asked him before changing Ammu's colour, and the original charm has been lost â€śThey changed some features and colours of Ammu and made it unattractive. I have come to know that for doing that they charged lakhs of rupees from governmentâ€ť Nair said Rakesh Nair is an artist who has been drawing pictures for school text books since 1996. Rakesh P Nair Tweet
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