RK Laxman was quite popular for his "The Common Man" character which portrayed the issues of a simple person through his comic strips. Most of his common man characters were published in the newspaper "Times of India". Apart from portraying the issues faced by a common man, he also did portrait sketching of famous celebrities. If you have read the "The Malgudi Days" written by RK Narayanan, you would have seen the illustration created by RK Laxman on the cover page. Well as you would have guess, RK Narayanan is the elder brother of Rk Laxman. RK Laxman also spent most of his time sketching crows, which according to him is the most intelligent bird.
RK Laxman once said of his Common Man character that, “He’s been with me throughout my career. I did not find him. He found me… I would say he symbolizes the mute millions of India, or perhaps the whole world, a silent spectator of marching time.” Eventhough he is no more with us, he still lives through his cartoons.
Apart from sketching, Laxman has also written several short stories(Servants of India), novels(The Hotel Riviera, The Messenger) and also an autobiography (The Tunnel of Time). In 2005 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour. Maharashtra chief mininster Devendra Fadnavis launched a website www.rklaxman.com commemorate his 94th birth anniversary on Saturday.
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman or in short known as R.K Laxman was born in Mysore on 24th October 1921 and died on 26 January 2015 in Pune. He was one of the famous cartoonists from India who rocked the political world through his popular cartoons. RK Laxman initially started his career as a part time cartoonist for local dailies and magazines.During his college days, he did several illustrations for his brother RK Narayanan, who wrote the "The Malgudi days". Through his common man series in the newspaper "The Times of India", he became quite popular.
RK Laxman conveyed important social messages using humour as a tool and reminded the public that people in authority are fallible and human.
— President oPranab Mukherjee
We are grateful to RK Laxman for adding the much needed humour in our lives and always bringing smiles on our faces.
— Prime Minister of India - Narendra Modi
Life even for the Common Man becomes worth living with Shri Laxman’s wit and wisdom in full cry. To laugh and make others laugh and to think and make others think is the unique gift of every cartoonist of repute.
— Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Through RK Laxman's cartoon character - Common Man, he always had something important to say, which always remained a guiding light for governance.
— Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Shiv Sena founder Late Balasaheb Thackeray and RK Laxman were two doyens of the painting brush, who started their careers together and rose to great heights together.
— Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray
Laxman, a gifted storyteller, embellished his canvas with keen sense of humour
& satirist’s ability to take whimsical look at anything.
— N Chandrababu Naidu
Thank you for putting a smile on million faces every day. ‘The Uncommon Man’ RK Laxman.
— Anurag Basu
RK Laxman’s 'Common Man' represented India for more than one generation.
— Sonia Gandhi
RK Laxman and the common man deserve the Bharat Ratna. And nobody else.
— Shobhaa De
Every morning for over 50 years, RK Laxman captured the sights, sounds, and yes, above all else, the wit, humour, sarcasm of India.
— Rajdeep Sardesai
A great man who used a small space to tell such meaningful stories. RK Laxman brought joy.
— Harsha Bhogle