From mapping Mumbai on a poster to clutches caricatured with tongue-in-cheek cartoons of Miss Fonseca, celebrate the artworks of iconic illustrator Mario Miranda at a Bandra kiosk
It's difficult to miss the tiny, black-and-white doodled van that protrudes on the right side of Shopper’s Stop on Bandra’s Linking Road. Though a tad cramped, the Mario gallery is home to heady mix of famous illustrated works created by cartoonist Mario de Miranda.
The exteriors of the Mario Gallery. Pics/Sameer Markande
Already popular in Goa, the kiosk, a permanent fixture at the mall, made its foray into the city in October last year, and this gallery is the only outlet in Mumbai. With all the prints imported from its Goa counterpart, and some exclusive Miranda prints stocked only for city patrons (his famous illustration of the Mumbai map, the painting of a rainy day in Bombay, a bus stop scene etc, are in this gallery), fans of this cartoonist are in for a treat.
A sketch of a village bus (1964)
Get your hands on his famous illustrations from the Europe series comprising impressions of old Paris and prints that present vignettes of Goan life, colonial Portuguese architecture as well as tongue-in-cheek drawings of the city life. For instance, Dinner A La Carte that features characters gorging on fruits and veggies stocked on a handcart.
Plates featuring Miranda’s Inside Goa series
Available in colour as well as black and white, the prints feature on an array of merchandise and most of it is sold at affordable prices mugs, salt and pepper cellars, soup bowls, tiles and plates start from `400 while postcards are a steal deal, starting from `10 per copy.
Street in Fontainhas by Miranda
If you want to amp your quirk quotient, opt for Miranda’s statement T-shirts that proclaim ‘To err is human, to forgive canine’ (`500) or opt for vibrant scarves and clutches that feature his popular sketches (`1,000 onwards).
A range of merchandise featuring Miranda’s Bombay, Goa and Europe series
To add some humour to your life, bring home coasters of the delightful characters Miss Nimbu Pani and Miss Fonseca the buxom Anglo-Indian secretary clad in polka dots who is as legendary as the cartoonist himself.
At: Mario Gallery, Beside Shopper’s Stop, Suburbia Mall, Linking Road, Bandra (W).
Time: 11.30 am to 9.30 pm