Frontlist | IIC hosts an online tribute to RK LaxmanFrontlist | IIC hosts an online tribute to RK Laxman
on Oct 16, 2020 The cartoonist, illustrator and humourist, RK Laxman used to draw on the floors, walls, and doors of his house as a child. The appreciation he received from his teacher for the drawing of a peepal leaf, proved to be the start of a long and illustrious career. Laxman’s centenary year is being celebrated this month.
Laxman’s unique take on political and social events was unmatched, says Narendra. “Ritu Gairola Khanduri, assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Texas, who has studied Laxman, has rightly called him the cartoonist exemplary from India. GS Krishnan, who researched the cartoons, has called the period of Laxman, The Golden era of Indian cartooning.”Narendra used to visit Laxman in Pune. “He appreciated my initiative of establishing the IIC. Laxman’s daughter-in-law, Usha, has been part of several of our exhibitions.”
Laxman was known to doodle on scraps of paper. “My father gave my uncle a scrapbook in 1975 thinking this would be the best way to gather all his drawings in a single book,” recalls Krishnaswamy. “My uncle was curious about how people discussed political and day-to-day matters. Doodu uncle’s doodles were the result of 20 years of casual, wandering thoughts from 1975 to 1995 in the by-lanes of Mysuru.”“The doodle, The Odds Are Against Us, came about on a road trip,” Krishnaswamy recalls. “When I drove Doodu uncle from Mysore to Bengaluru, a herd of aadu (goats) on the road made me honk insistently. The result was doodle.”