The End of An Era of ‘The Common Man’ See These Cartoons By RK Laxman
R. K. Laxman, the renowned personality (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman) known for his work “The Common Man” and his daily article “You Said it” published in Times of India is, has died on 26th January 2015. He was born on 24 October 1921 in Mysore. His father was a headmaster and he was the youngest of six brothers, he was having a sister also. His elder brother R.K. Narayan was a famous novelist. He was also famously called as “Pied Piper of Delhi”.
The he died on this republic day but his work will entertain us for upcoming years also. He was to first person to show the problems of common man in the pictorial format. His work was also transformed to a TV show on SAB TV.
Very few people know that he does not have any professional training on making cartoon. At an early age when his elder brother Mr. R.K. Narayan was busy in his work, he used to convert his work in pictorial form. Just from that time, only he learnt the cartoon.
While he was working for some local newspaper and a weekly post on “The Hindu”, his work was recognized by the Free Press, Mumbai and gave him a full time job as a Politian cartoonist. Then he started getting reorganization and in the year 1947, he joined Times of India and worked there until the end of his life.
Some facts one does not know about him:
1. His full name was Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman.
2. He got his first full time job in the free press journal where he was colleague of the famous Bal Thakrey.
3. The cartoon (Gattu) one generally see on asian paints is made by him only in the year 1954.
4. He got lots of awarded for his work like best civilian awards; Padma Bhushan(1971), Padma Vibhushan(2005), Ramon Magsaysay Award(1984).
5. He had applied in JJ School of Arts (Bombay) but was rejected by saying that his painting lacks depth, and later in his life when he become a famous personality, the same college invited him as guest lecturer.
6. He is the first Indian cartoonist to exhibit his work in London.
7. He worked with Times of India for 50 long years.
Sir, we want to say that though you are not physically present between us but you will stay alive in our heart forever.