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Mumbai: Google honoured legendary cartoonist RK Laxman with a doodle on his 94th birthday today.
The doodle shows the cartoonist making a sketch of his iconic creation – ‘common man’. It indeed is an apt tribute to the late artist who has inspired millions across the globe.
A Magsaysay laureate, Laxman’s cartoons regaled generations since 1950s.
For decades together, the master of art could be identified from the cartoons that he drew for a leading daily reflecting society the way it was. Through his satirical lens, he showed us chronicles of Indian life and politics in the form of his sketches.
He breathed his last on January 26, this year in Pune.
A humorist and illustrator with an uncommon talent, R.K. Laxman was one of India’s most celebrated cartoonists. His daily political cartoon, You Said It, ran on the front page of The Times of India for more than 50 years. Laxman was best known for his Common Man character, who he drew into his cartoons as a witness to the kinds of hypocrisies and societal inequalities Laxman wanted to silently expose.
Today’s Doodle honors R.K. Laxman for his deft artistic hand and sharp, incisive wit. Doodler Olivia Huynh in collaboration with Local Googlers wanted to salute the legendary cartoonist by creating a Doodle that payed homage to both Laxman (making sure to capture his wild shock of hair and distinctive grin) and his most popular character, who watches in his trademark checked shirt as the beloved illustrator sketches him one more time.