Cartoons have always had the power to inform as well as make us laugh about various things. For decades straight, cartoonists have used their talent to ensure that people are well informed about the various social problems and impacts by making them fun and ironic. One such legendary cartoonist was R.K. Laxman. Hearts of his fans were shattered when he passed away in the year 2015 at the age of 93. R.K. Laxman was truly a gem in the field of cartoons. Here is everything you must know about the amazing R.K. Laxman:
R.K. Laxman was born as Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman in the year 1921. Since a very young age, he was extremely into art and cartoons, in particular. Tales are that he used to love drawing on the walls and cover the floors with doodles as a child, which is when he realized that he wanted to pursue a career in art. Born as the sixth child of a headmaster, R.K. Laxman started drawing caricatures of his father and teachers, which was a sight to behold! His brother, Narayan was a writer and they teamed up to illustrate Narayan’s stories. His favourite cartoonist of all time was Sir David Low, a British cartoonist who worked with ‘The Hindu’.
He started off his career as a freelancer and as a student had contributed to many newspapers and magazines like Swarajya. Laxman moved to Bombay after illustrating for an animated film to explore more opportunities. Soon he became a well known political cartoonist and his most famous work as a creator was the ‘Common Man’. The character gained so much popularity that he was featured in a commemorative postage stamp in the year 1988!
R.K. Laxman’s work has been so terrific that even today his work is sure to make your day. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1984 and later on was bestowed with India’s second largest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in the year 2005!
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