LEGENDARY cartoonist R.K. Laxman (below), creator of the iconic Common Man, died in a private hospital in Mumbai on Jan 26. He was 94. He was renowned for his creation of the Common Man, which ran for many decades in The Times of India under the brand name “You Said It”.
Mr Laxman was born in Mysore and was attracted to sketching from early childhood. He was first married to bharatanatyam exponent and film actress Kamala, who was known in the film industry as “Baby Kamala”, and who later graduated to adult roles as Kumari Kamala.
The couple split and Laxman subsequently married a prominent author of children’s books, also named Kamala. He is the brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan.