RK Laxman Current Affairs - 2020

Noted Children’s Book Writer Kamala Laxman passes away

A noted writer of children’s books Kamala Laxman passed away on 14 November 2015 in Pune. She was 90.

She was widow of legendary cartoonist R K Laxman who was best known for his creation The Common Man for his daily cartoon strip You Said It in the daily The Times of India.

About Kamala Laxman

  • Laxman was born in Chennai and had graduated from Delhi’s Indraprastha College. She had studied interior decoration from Sir JJ School of Arts in Mumbai.
  • She was the second wife of R.K. Laxman. Incidentally, his first wife was also known as Kamala who was renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse and movie star. They were divorced in 1960.
  • Notable Children books: The Thama Stories, Raman of Tenali & Other Stories, Thama and His Missing Mother etc.
  • Her Tenali Raman stories were serialised into 13 episodes and were telecasted on Doordarshan.
  • She was commissioned to write a series for children by the India Book House in the 1970s.

Eminent cartoonist RK Laxman passes away

Eminent cartoonist, illustrator and humorist Rasipuram Laxman passed away in Pune. He was 94.

About Rasipuram Laxman

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman (famously known as RK Laxman) was born on 24 October 1921 in Mysore, Karnataka. Famous novelist R. K. Narayan was his elder brother.

His creation:

  • He is best known for creation of iconic character The Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, You Said It in The Times of India(TOI). It was started in 1951. This character held a mirror to the society and targeted politicians for more than five decades.
  • In 1988, commemorative postage stamp of The Common Man was released by the Indian Postal Service on the 150th anniversary TOI.
  • He also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints group called Gattu in 1954.

Other Works:

  • His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. & Mrs. in 1955 and a Tamil film Kamaraj.
  • His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days (written by his elder brother R K Narayan and directed by Shankar Nag).
  • Awards: He is recipient of Padma Bhushan (1971)Padma Vibhushan (2005) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts (1984).
  • His Autobiography: The Tunnel of Time: An Autobiography.
  • Books: He had published numerous short stories, essays, and travel articles, some of which were collected in The Distorted Mirror (2003). His novels include The Hotel Riviera, The Messenger and the short story collection Servants of India.