What Makes R K Laxman The Legendary Cartoonist of India?

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R K Laxman was born in Mysore in 1921 in an Iyer family. When he was growing up, he would look at the illustrations of The Strand, Punch, Bystander etc. and wished that he would also draw like that. And interestingly one day he surpassed them and became the most renowned cartoonist of India, winning national and international awards.

Later in the year, he started drawing caricatures and illustrations, which started drawing attention from the people around.

Even when I was growing up, I used to see Laxman’s cartoons in the Times of India and was quite inspired by the way he depicted reality in a really humorous way.

Ok, so today I will take you on a trip of his 8 best cartoons that have won accolades nationwide.

I guess you also love cartoons like everybody does. So let’s have a look at some his best cartoons.



Here’s a satire on the dictatorship of Indira Gandhi during the emergency rule.



Usually what happens during the science exhibitions is that it’s only the telephone that actually works, rest are just the models.



A satire on the budget sessions of India and how people get fooled through budgets.



A satire on the India and Sri Lanka relations.



Though Sri Lanka is a small small but it still has lots of self-respect! India and Sri Lanka relations were once very haphazard.



Ok, so is it not like that we vote for the politician everyone is voting for? Weird but true.



And the common man truly never dies. Common man lives on forever in every country!



R K Laxman changed the cartoon scene of India and the upcoming cartoonists tried to be like him, but somehow failed.

Once R K Laxman said “Indian politics is so dirty, if I had not made cartoons I would have simply died of depression.” So humour was his way to tackle Indian politics!

The legends died at the ripe old age of 94 after winning multiple national and international awards.

  • Padma Bhushan – Govt. of India – 1973
  • Padma Vibhushan – Govt. of India – 2005
  • 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
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mysore – 2004

There is a chair named after R. K. Laxman at Symbiosis International University.

Hats off to the legendary cartoonist of India for showing the plight of common man.


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