RK Laxman Birth Anniversary: Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman, popularly known as RK Laxman was India’s most celebrated cartoonist. He was born on October 24, 1921, in Mysore and was known for his cartoons which projected the hopes, fears, aspirations, and troubles of the Indian man.
Laxman started his career as a political cartoonist in Mumbai where Thackeray was his colleague. He was popular for his “The Common Man” character which portrayed the common issues through his comic strips, which featured in the Times of India later in his career.
R K Laxman created the comic strip ‘You Said It’ which featured the Common Man who is a silent observer representing the average Indian. The work is beloved among several Indians and has entertained generations. Ever since he was a child, he was fascinated with drawing doodles and immersed himself in illustrations there in magazines and newspapers. Illustrating and drawing became his life’s calling soon and he went on to cover the journey of being an artist.
The talented cartoonist bagged Padma Vibhushan in 2005, Padma Bhushan in 1973, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts in 1984. He passed away on January 26, 2015, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital. R K Laxman is still remembered for his exceptional work.
On the occasion of his birth anniversary, check out some of his best work:
The famous writer R K Narayan was his elder brother. As Laxman grew up, he started drawing caricatures of life around him. Narayan was a budding writer and Laxman used to illustrate the stories his brother wrote. Not to forget, Malgudi, a fictional village featuring in all the novels written by R K Narayan. The sketch of the village Malgudi was made by Laxman.
The Common Man, however, became his major work and the character was so popular that he was even featured in a commemorative postage stamp released by the Indian Postal Service on the 150th anniversary of the Times of India in 1988.