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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Common Man creator RK Laxman passed away

The Common Man creator RK Laxman passed away. He was 93. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.


He was born in Mysore. His father was a headmaster and Laxman was the youngest of six sons. His older brother is the famous novelist R K Narayan.
Born: October 24, 1921, Mysore
Died: January 26, 2015, Pune
Spouse: Kamala Laxman, Kumari Kamala
Awards: Padma Vibhushan

Laxman was engrossed by the illustrations in magazines such as The Strand Magazine, Punch, Bystander, Wide World and Tit-Bits, even before he could read. Soon he was drawing on his own, on the floors, walls and doors of his house and doodling caricatures of his teachers at school. Praised by a teacher for his drawing of a peepal leaf, he began to think of himself as an artist in the making.
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