Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
R K Laxman, the country’s best-known cartoonist, passed away today evening, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune. He was on life support for the past few days. He was 93.
Born in 1921 in Mysore, Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. He began by drawing for local papers, and illustrating the stories of his famous elder brother, novelist R K Narayan, while still at college.
His Common Man was created in 1957. He reflected the life and aspirations of common Indian man, his trial and tribulations and joys and sorrows.
He was recipient of numerous awards.These included the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award. He had millions as his fans.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled his demise.
“India will miss you RK Laxman. We are grateful to you for adding the much needed humour in our lives and always bringing smiles on our faces.
My condolences to the family and countless well-wishers of a legend whose demise leaves a major void in our lives. RIP RK Laxman”, the Prime Minister said.
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