About the life of Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman


About the life of Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman

Birth – Born in 1921 in Mysore to R V Krishnaswamy, a government official. was the youngest of eight children; one of his elder brothers was the renowned novelist R K Narayan

Early work – Began drawing for local papers from the age of 11. Began to be noticed after he started illustrating R K Narayan’s stories for The Hindu. Started doing political cartoons for Swatantra, a Madras paper

Career – After graduation, worked briefly with the animation department of gemini Studio, Madras. After efforts at securing a job at the Indian Express and Hindustan Times in Delhi failed, came to Bombay and worked briefly with R K Karanjia’s Blitz before going on to his first proper cartooning job with the Free Press Journal. After a dispute with the editor, came to The Times of India.

Cartoons – Went to England on a long sojourn and met and caricatured the greatest British leaders and intellectuals of the period, among them Lord Atlee, Bertrand Russell and T S Eliot

Common Man – J C Jain, general manager of The Times of India, felt that Laxman’s cartoons were getting “too political” and asked him to create something from “a common man’s point of view”. On December 2, 1957, Laxman’s Common Man made his appearance on the front page of the paper

Awards – Received upteem honours, among them the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay Award

Curtain – Had a paralytic stroke in 2003 but continued drawing for The Times. Suffered a second stroke in 2010.┬áDied at the age of 94 at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune on 26 January 2015 due to multi-organ failure


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