R.K. LAKSHMAN - IYER

 

Early life

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman (born 24 October 1921) is an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist.He is best known for his creationThe Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.

 

Career

Laxman's earliest work was for newspapers and magazines such as Swarajya and Blitz . While still at the Maharaja College of Mysore, he began to illustrate his elder brother R K 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. Incidentally, Koravanji was founded in 1942 by Dr M Shivaram

who was an allopath and had a clinic around Majestic area in Bangalore. He started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to hilarious/satirical articles and cartoons. Dr Shivaram himself was an eminent humourist in Kannada.

He encouraged Laxman quite a lot. He held a summer job at the Gemini Studios, Madras. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for the The Free Press Journal in Mumbai

 Bal Thackeray, was his colleague. Laxman later joined The Times of India, beginning a career that has spanned for over fifty years.

Other creations

He also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints group called Gattu in 1954. Laxman has also penned a few novels. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. & Mrs. '55 and a Tamil film Kamaraj.

His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days which was written by his elder brother R K Narayan and directed by Shankar Nag. Laxman also drew caricatures of friends for private purposes.

Awards

  1. Padma Vibhushan – Govt. of India
  2. Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts – 1984
  3. Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism – CNN IBN TV18, 29 January 2008
  4. 'Pune Pandit' Award (Scholar of Pune Award) by the Art & Music Foundation for excellence in 'Creative Communication' – 2012
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