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IN People ON 27 Jan, 2015
Creator of The Common Man, cartoonist R.K. Laxman will remain in our hearts forever.
R.K Laxman was born in Mysore. He was the youngest of his other five siblings. Not many people know that R.K Narayan(creator of the Malgudi days), was his elder brother.
R.K Laxman was working in the genre, sketching illustrations over R.K Narayan's write ups for The Hindu. But this is not where it all started. Before he could even read, he started drawing on floors, walls and everywhere.
And over time, he began making political cartoons and satire for various Newspapers. Political activist Bal Thackery was his colleague. His had worked in the Free Press Journal for a few years before he was offered a comic strip "You Said It" in TIMES OF INDIA, which started in the year 1951. All his satirical illustrations were gems.
Each of his cartoons had colours of India, it's diversity and culture. But in order to meet deadlines he came up with Common Man. The Common Man represents the hopes, aspirations, dreams and problems of every Indian. This series of Mr Laxman was loved and embraced by people all over the country.
On the 150th anniversary of the Times Of India, a commemorative postal stamp featuring the common man was released in the year 1988.
A huge 10 feet statue of the Common Man stands upright in Symbiosis Institute, Pune.
Some people live forever. It seems only yesterday, when we celebrated his 90th birthday.
Unfortunately, R.K. Laxman left us on January26, 2015, pertaining to his terminal illness.
RIP Mr Laxman.
You will stay in our hearts forever.
In his memory, here are some of his most excellent works; we will cherish for a lifetime.