Cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who died on 26th January 2015, was an institution unto himself. We wont be wrong if we call him a man whom no politician or minister could escape considering his pointed satire. The media is tagging him with various names like ‘Uncommon Man’ and ‘Uncrowned Conscious Keeper’.
In his autobiography ‘The Tunnel of Time’, he says, “Since childhood I do not remember wanting to do anything else except draw.” His cartoons mirrored the hopes and aspirations, follies and foibles of a society in transition.
He was born Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman on October 24, 1921 in Mysore. The youngest of six brothers, Laxman had as his older brother, the legendary R.K. Narayan, the creator of Malgudi.
A look at compilation of some of R K Laxman’s Best Cartoons: