Mario Miranda – Bharat ka Ratna

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Hello friends! Today I’m going to talk to you about one of the most prominent cartoonists in the Indian comic book industry, Mr. Mario Miranda.

Miranda was born in Daman, then in Portuguese India, to Catholic parents. At an early age when his mother saw him drawing on his home’s walls, she brought him a blank book, which he called his “Diary” till the end.

He studied at St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bangalore and then did a B.A. in History at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, while focusing on the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He started studying architecture at the behest of his parents, though he soon lost interest.

Miranda started his career in an advertising studio, where he worked for four years, before taking up cartooning full-time. He got his first break as a cartoonist with The Illustrated Weekly of India which published a few of his works. His drawings & cartoons also brought him an offer to work at the Current magazine. A year later, the Times of India offered him a slot, even though they had rejected him at first. Thereafter, his creations, such as Miss Nimbupani and Miss Fonseca, appeared on a regular basis in Femina, Economic Times, and The Illustrated Weekly of India.

After five years in England, Miranda returned to Mumbai and was offered back his old job with the Times of India, where he worked with R.K. Laxman.

Miranda’s big break came in 1974, when he travelled to America, enabling him to promote his art and interact with other cartoonists in the United States and also got a chance to work with Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and All India Cartoonists’ Association, Bangalore, honored him with a lifetime achievement award. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, conferred on Mario the highest civilian honor of “Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic” which was presented to him on 11 November 2009.

On 11 December 2011, Mario Miranda died of natural causes at his home in Loutolim.

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