R. K. Laxman

Indian artist, illustrator and cartoonist

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman[1] (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and humorist.[2] He was best known for his creation The Common Man. It was for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India. It started in 1951.

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Born(1921-10-24)24 October 1921
Mysore, India
Died26 January 2015(2015-01-26) (aged 93)
OccupationCartoonist, Illustrator
Known forCommon Man cartoon
FamilyR. K. Narayan (brother)
AwardsPadma Bhushan, Ramon Magsaysay, Padma Vibhushan
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Laxman died from multiple organ failure caused by a urinary tract infection in Pune, Maharashtra, India, aged 93.[3]

Books by LaxmanEdit

  • Laxman, R. K. (1998). The tunnel of time. India: Penguin Books.


  1. Ranga Rao (1 January 2006). R.K. Narayan. Sahitya Akademi. p. 11. ISBN 978-81-260-1971-7. Retrieved 11 March 2012. Pg.11 in the source says that Laxman & his brother Narayan were Tamil Iyer Brahmins.
  2. Laxman's-eye view Archived 2007-10-10 at the Wayback Machine Frontline Magazine – 18–31 July 1998
  3. "Times of India cartoonist RK Laxman dies after illness". BBC. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.

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