Pune, Jan 26: India's award-winning cartoonist RK Laxman passed away at a hospital here on Monday evening. He was 93. Laxman, also an illustrator and humorist and is known for his "Common Man" for his daily cartoon strip "You Said It" which started in 1951, was suffering from old-age related ailment for some time. He worked for Times of India for 50 years. [RK Laxman immortalised the Common Man for 50 years]
Born in Mysore on October 24, 1921, Laxman's earliest work was done for print publications like Swarajya and Blitz. he also illustrated for the stories of RK Narayan, the late novelist and his elder brother published in The Hindu. He also drew cartoons for Kannada humour magazine Koravanji.
Laxman also created Gattu, the mascot for the Asian Paints Group.
The cartoonist was conferred Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1984 and Padma Vibhushan Award in 2005.