Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman was born on October 24th 1921. He was a cartoonist drawing awesome a various cartoons in India. R. K is popularly known for his famous carton ‘common man’. He was born in Mysore, India. He died today on January 26, at Pune in Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital. He was not in a good condition from the past few days and was admitted in this following hospital. He died at the age of 93. His death occurred because of suffering from multi organ failure. He passed away at 6.50 pm. He was under the inspection of Dr. Sameer jog of dinanath hospice. He was put on the ventilator where which helps the human body to breathe. He was hospitalized on 17th of January and died on the national Republic day. He was not trained in drawing cartoons. It was his inner talent made him to come up on such a high position. He was India’s best and topmost cartoonist. For decades he showed his creativity and made audience entertainment with his drawings. Making character of his own imagination was extremely a great contribution to India. The was the brother of the famous writer R.K. Narayan known for creating a imaginative village called as ‘Malgudi’. Even some television series were made on these naming Malgudi days. Krishnaswamy use to draw cartoon for local news papers and magazine portraying his brother stories. We Indians are proud that he was a part of our country. The family details of R.K. are his wife name was Kamala, son Srinivas a retired journalist and Usha his daughter in law.
After applying for admission in the J J school of arts in Mumbai, he was not selected by school senior members and he subsequently did his graduation in bachelor of Arts from the university of Mysore. He use to make drawing for Blits, swarajya and later continued it by illustrating his brother small stories in the local Hindu newspapers. He then came to Mumbai in the year 1940. He worked for nearly 7 years for free press journal and then joined Times of India group in the year 1947 and till his death he worked for them. He has received many awards in his whole life among which were Padma bhushan and Vibhushan and many other. He use to easily draw such comic strips characters in a few hours. He use to contribute 2 cartoons a day to times newspaper. Later after 10 years of life journey he created a popular one named Common man which was denoted as a symbol of ordinary people of our country in 1957. This portrays the ordinary people’s life, their problems and happiness.
His left body part was paralyse after suffering from stroke in 2003 but he still continued providing service to the Times for the next 7 years that is 2010. After this, he went again through another stroke which made him unhealthier but he still continued cortooning till the very end of his life.
He spent his life’s last some years in the city of Pune. He was admitted in the half of January month for the problem faced by him that is throat infection but on this 26th January, he went to heaven near god.
We will really miss this wonderful man with pure heart and pray that god gives peace to his soul.