RK Laxman ( Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman) is best known for his contribution to society through his creation “common man”. He was a cartoonist, illustrator and humorist, who took up the initiative to enlighten the common man in a comic way.
This most popular cartoonist of India was born on October 23, 1921 in Mysore to a headmaster and was the youngest of the six sons. After his schooling in his hometown, he aspired to join the JJ School of Arts, Bombay. However, his wish was not fulfilled as his application was rejected on grounds of lack of talent, owing to which he joined the Maharaja’s College, Mysore and graduated from there in Bachelor of Arts.
His Rising Career
Right from his childhood days, he used to get mesmerized by the magazine illustrations and due to his keen interest he started drawing on floors and walls, even before learning to read. After his graduation, he worked for few months in the Gemini Studios, Madras and then got a full time job as a political cartoonist in the newspaper, Free Press journal in Bombay, where he was a co-employee of Bal Thackeray of Shiva Sena. In his later years, he served “The Times of India” for 50 years and held a prominent space on cover page to endow it with his creations. Apart from his professional life, he also showcased his talent in his brother’s (RK Narayan) books like Malgudi stories, etc. His creation of “the Common Man” got him more popularity where he created a bald, bespectacled man representing the common Indian.
He has many feathers added to his hat like Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism, Literature and creative arts and above all the most prestigious honours Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan by Government of India.
Up’s and Down’s of his Life
However, his personal life was a roller coaster ride. He married a Bharatanatyam dancer and actress Kumari Kamala, but unfortunately the marriage did not work out and they got separated. This artist also suffered from a major stroke in 2003, which left him paralyzed on his left side. After this, he suffered multiple strokes and since 2010 he has not been keeping well. On 26th January, he passed away after a lot of suffering, leaving behind his works as a sovereign.
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Article Title: An Essay on R K Laxman for Students, Kids and Children
Article last re-published on February 27, 2017. Original.