Cartoonist, magician and a handyman: Remembering the multi-versatile RK Laxman

Updated: Jan 26, 2020, 09:03 | Sunny Rodricks
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    Renowned cartoonist, illustrator, and humourist R. K. Laxman was born on 24 October 1921 in Mysore. Laxman was the youngest among six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother late, R. K. Narayan was a novelist and the creator of Malgudi days. Laxman was known as "Pied Piper of Delhi".

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    Cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist are few of the facets of R.K. Laxman's life. He was best known for his creation 'The Common Man', for his daily cartoon strip 'You Said It'.

    Fun fact: The boy in the Asian Paints logo, 'Gattu' was created by him!

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    Did you know? R.K. Laxman was rejected by J J College of Arts in Mumbai and was later invited there as a chief guest. A statue of the 'common man', made famous R.K Laxman at Worli Seaface in Mumbai. Pic/ Bipin Kokate

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    R.K. Laxman's father Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer was a school headmaster. The illustrations that appeared in the TV adaptation of novelist RK Narayan's Malgudi Days were drawn by his brother R.K. Laxman and directed by Shankar Nag

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    R.K. Laxman was 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). After his divorce, Laxman married a woman whose first name was Kamala. She was the author and children's book writer Kamala Laxman.

    Did you know? R.K. Laxman had a special attachment towards crows and drawing crows

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    R.K. Laxman was conferred with Padma Vibhushan in 2005 and Ramon Magsaysay Award in the year 1984.

    Did you know? Besides being a renowned cartoonist, RK Laxman was a magician, handyman, watch repairer and a model maker as well.

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    R.K. Laxman's wife Kamala Laxman was a children's book writer. In a cartoon series which was named "The star I never met" in the film magazine Filmfare, Laxman painted a cartoon of his wife Kamala Laxman. The couple had a son Srinivas, who worked for a while with The Times of India. 

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    While still at college, R.K. Laxman began to illustrate his elder brother R K Narayan's stories in a newspaper and drew political cartoons for the local newspapers.

    Did you know? R.K. Laxman never went to a barber all hi life. It is said that he used to cut his hair all by himself

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    The cartoons of the world-renowned British cartoonist Sir David Low had an early influence on Laxman. His earliest work was for newspapers and magazines.

    Fun fact: Television show, R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya, was based on R K Laxman's cartoons.

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    R.K. Laxman's first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for a newspaper in Mumbai, where the late Bal Thackeray, was his colleague. Besides, his common man cartoons, crows drawn by the late cartoonist were also famous with the art collectors.

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    In picture: The veteran cartoonist during his 90th birthday celebration with wife Kamala. City cartoonists pose with their illustrations of R.K. Laxman at the event.


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    In Picture: Former Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, R.K. Laxman and his wife Kamala Laxman at his book launch in Mumbai in December 2013.

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    Did you know? British Cartoonist David Low was Laxman's favorite artist ever since he saw his work in The Hindu.

    In the file photo, R.K. Laxman with theatre and TV actor Aanjjan Srivastav.

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    R.K. Laxman's autobiography in English titled, "The Tunnel of Time" was also translated into Marathi and was titled "Laxmanrekha"!

    In the file photo, Sharad Pawar at the felicitation of R.K. Laxman at Y B Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai.

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    The illustrated cartoonist, R.K. Laxman also illustrated a couple of Children Books written by his wife, Kamala Laxman

    In the file photo, R.K. Laxman is seen with his friend and ex-colleague late Bal Thackeray

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    In Picture: R.K. Laxman at an exhibition of his works over the years.

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About The Gallery

On the 5th death anniversary of legendary cartoonist, illustrator, and humourist R. K. Laxman, we pay tribute to the creator of the 'Common Man' through a selection of rare images from his life and times