The UNCOMMON common man!!!!
Posted October 2nd, 2013
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Padma Vibhushan - Govt. of India

Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts - 1984

Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism - CNN IBN TV18, 29 January 2008

Pune Pandit' Award (Scholar of Pune Award) by the Art & Music Foundation for excellence in 'Creative Communication' - 2012

None of the above descriptions are required et all to find out, his identity is his work; his cartoons speak of him.


We wish him on his 92nd birthday today. Mr. R.K. Lakshman, a coveted cartoonist, who set the world on storm with his  hilarious/satirical cartoons, 'The common man" in the "You said it"column in Times of India. 


The unique quality of the common man was to make the reader laugh as well as think about the point brought up seriously.


But to become what he is today, alike many other icons whomake a breakthrough; he too had his share of dissappointment.


R. K. Laxman was born in Mysore. His father was a headmaster and Laxman was the youngest of six sons. After high school, Laxman applied to the J. J. School of Art, Bombay hoping to concentrate on his lifelong interests of drawing and painting, but the dean of the school wrote to him that his drawings lacked, "the kind of talent to qualify for enrollment in our institution as a student", and refused admission. He finally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mysore.


His earliest work was for newspapers and magazines such as Swarajya and Blitz. While still at the Maharaja College of Mysore, he drew political cartoons for the local newspapers and for the Swatantra. He also drew cartoons, for the Kannada humour magazine, Koravanji.


Koravanji was founded in 1942 by Dr M Shivaram, an eminent humorist in kannada, started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to hilarious/satirical articles and cartoons. He encouraged Laxman quite a lot. He held a summer job at the Gemini Studios, Madras.


His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for the The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, Bal Thackeray, was his colleague. Laxman later joined The Times of India, beginning a career that has spanned for over fifty years.


He also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints group called Gattu in 1954. Laxman has also penned a few novels. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. & Mrs.55 and a Tamil film Kamaraj. His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days.


Having read this; its seems sure was a tough path. So despite the fact this person was rejected by J.J. school of arts, it must be the passion for drawing cartoons made him to what he dreamt of in his life and career.


And let the world know, ONE CAN CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY AS CARTOONIST TOO; a non conventional career at that time.


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