Laxman expired on January 26 th , In , during when Times of India completed years in India, the Indian Postal Service featured The Common Man, which made him a household name all over the nation. Here we present 9 hard-hitting cartoons by R. Laxman , who will be always remembered as fearless, honest and witty cartoonist, who touched lives of millions of Indians.
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Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman  24 October — 26 January was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. R K Laxman started his career as a part-time cartoonist, working mostly for local newspapers and magazines. While as a college student, he illustrated his older brother R. Narayan 's stories in The Hindu. Later, he joined The Times of India , and became famous for The Common Man character, which turned out to be the turning point in Laxman's life. Laxman was born in Mysore in in an Iyer family.
Laxman was known as "Pied Piper of Delhi". Laxman was engrossed by the illustrations in magazines such as The Strand , Punch , Bystander , Wide World and Tit-Bits , before he had even begun to read. I drew objects that caught my eye outside the window of my room — the dry twigs, leaves and lizard-like creatures crawling about, the servant chopping firewood and, of course, and number of crows in various postures on the rooftops of the buildings opposite.
After high school, Laxman applied to the [Sir J. Institute of Applied Art ] hoping to concentrate on his lifelong interests of drawing and painting, but the dean of the school wrote to him that his drawings lacked "the kind of talent to qualify for enrolment in our institution as a student", and refused admission.
In the meantime he continued his freelance artistic activities and contributed cartoons to Swarajya and an animated film based on the mythological character Narada. K Laxman's earliest work was for newspapers Rohan and magazines including Swarajya and Blitz. While still at the Maharaja College of Mysore , he began to illustrate his elder brother R.
Narayan's stories in The Hindu , and he drew political cartoons for the local newspapers and for the Swatantra. Laxman also drew cartoons for the Kannada humour magazine, Koravanji which was founded in by Dr M. Shivaram who had a clinic in the Majestic area of Bangalore. He started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to humorous and satirical articles and cartoons.
Shivaram himself was an eminent humourist in Kannada. He encouraged Laxman. Laxman held a summer job at the Gemini RohanStudios , Madras. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for The Free Press Journal in Mumbai , where Bal Thackeray was his cartoonist colleague. In , Laxman joined The Times of India , Mumbai, beginning a career that spanned over fifty years.
Khanduri notes, "R. Laxman structures his cartoon-news through a plot about corruption and a set of characters. This news is visualized and circulates through the recurring figures of the mantri minister , the Common Man and the trope of modernity symbolized by the airplane Laxman also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints Ltd group called "Gattu" in His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days  which was written by his elder brother R.
Laxman also drew caricatures of David Low, T. Eliot, Bertrand Russell, J. Priestly and Graham Greene. Laxman was first married to Kumari Kamala , a Bharatanatyam dancer and film actress who began her film career as a child actress named "Baby Kamala" and graduated into adult roles under the name "Kumari Kamala" "Miss Kamala". They had no children and after their divorce Laxman married his niece whose first name was again Kamala. This was the author and children's book writer Kamala Laxman.
In September , Laxman suffered a stroke that left him paralysed on his left side. He recovered from it partially. He was hospitalised three days earlier for urinary tract infection and chest problems that ultimately led to multiple organ failure. A cartoon that Laxman had made following the successful landing of Mangalyaan on Mars was posted by the Indian Space Research Organisation on its Facebook and Twitter pages on 27 January. Laxman's body was kept at the Symbiosis Institute 's Pune premises near the "Common Man" statue and his body was cremated at the Vaikunth crematorium.
Laxman is survived by his son Srinivas, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Mahalaxmi. There is a chair named after R. Laxman at Symbiosis International University. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Born in Mysore on October 24, , Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman was the youngest of seven siblings one of whom was RK Narayan, the renowned novelist. At an early age Laxman developed an affinity for drawing and was fascinated by the illustrations in magazines such as The Strand, Punch, Bystander and Wide World. At a young age, he began drawing on his own — on the floors, walls and doors of the house. His school teacher praising his drawing of a peepul leaf marked the beginning of his journey as an artist. Laxman joined the University of Mysore. Subsequently, he turned to creating satirical and political cartoons for other local newspapers. During his college years, Laxman worked as a freelance artist and drew cartoons for the Swarajya magazine.
RK Laxman: He depicted the common Indian
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman  24 October — 26 January was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. R K Laxman started his career as a part-time cartoonist, working mostly for local newspapers and magazines. While as a college student, he illustrated his older brother R. Narayan 's stories in The Hindu. Later, he joined The Times of India , and became famous for The Common Man character, which turned out to be the turning point in Laxman's life. Laxman was born in Mysore in in an Iyer family. Laxman was known as "Pied Piper of Delhi".
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