Lines of thought

One of the rare doodles of R K Laxman

Sushmitha B
NSoJ Bureau

“Since childhood I do not remember wanting to do anything else except draw,” R.K. Laxman says in his autobiography, The Tunnel of The Time.

We all have abundantly enjoyed R K Laxman’s cartoons for decades but that’s not all, recently the Indian Institute of Cartoonists (IIC) brought us a series of his rare doodles from an old sketchbook to mark the cartoonists birth anniversary which was on October 24.

“I grew admiring his works and being a cartoonist, I’ve learnt a lot from him” says V G Narendra managing trustee of Indian Institute of Cartoonists. IIC is first of its kind in India which established with the aim of promoting the art of cartooning in the country.

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman was the youngest of seven siblings and was born in Mysuru. At a very young age he developed an interest for drawing which eventually evolved into a full-fledged career.  The scrap book gifted by his brother R K Srinivasan saw him doodling following his sibling’s advice.

One look at his art and you would know that his wit knows no bounds. In the doodles, he played with humour balancing with political scenario. Each doodle signify their meanings and manage to offer “deep reflection,” rather than just simple “passing chuckle” on social issues.

Cartoons which provide an avenue for the public to highlight an issue or suggest corrections have been at the forefront of social change. He used to distill complex social issues into a single frame that captures its essence.


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