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Laxman is Karnataka's gift to Maharashtra, says Krishna

The Governor recalls his association with the noted cartoonist


  • Laxman and Krishna are alumni of the University of Mysore
  • The cartoonist's simplicity lauded
  • `Laxman's approach is not complicated and his cartoons are understood by all'



    R.K. Laxman

    Pune: Maharashtra Governor S.M. Krishna on Wednesday termed noted cartoonist R.K. Laxman as "Karnataka's gift to Maharashtra."

    Inaugurating a three-day exhibition of Mr. Laxman's cartoons here, the Governor recalled his association with the cartoonist, both hailing from the Mysore region and being alumni of Mysore University.

    He said what struck him was Mr. Laxman's simplicity, despite his name and fame.

    "His (Mr. Laxman's) approach is not complicated and that reflects in his cartoons which are understood by all. We tried hard to convince him to stay in Bangalore and Mysore, but he moved here," he said.

    Mr. Krishna said Mr. Laxman "made" the newspaper that he worked in.

    Admiration

    "We would get the newspaper and focus on the cartoons and not the headlines. The cartoons that are widely seen and admired have such compulsiveness about them," the Governor said.

    Previously, only Mr. Laxman and Shankar's Weekly, a compilation of cartoons and a popular publication, were known and while the latter grew with the nationalist movement, "Mr. Laxman grew and went beyond all that," he said.

    Power of cartoons

    On the cartoons, Symbiosis (host to the exhibition) Chairman S.M. Majumdar said: "Cartoons have a destructive power as can be seen in the recent cartoon controversy (as published in a Danish newspaper).

    However, Mr. Laxman's cartoons in all these 54 years were never insulting and did not sting.

    "In fact, they bring smiles on faces and make a comment in pithy ways that words cannot," he said.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Laxman's wife Kamala Laxman spoke briefly and said the exhibition was a pleasant happening.

    On the occasion, Mr. Laxman delighted the audience with a sketch of the common man looking at himself in the exhibition.

    Later, the Governor called on noted classical music maestro Bhimsen Joshi, who is ailing. — UNI

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