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The Forgotten Illustrators/Cartoonists of India

Mickey Patel

As a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, Patel worked for newspapers and magazines such as India Today, Reader's Digest, Business Standard, Hindustan Times, Illustrated Weekly of India, as well as clients such as Air India, UNICEF, Oxford University Press (OUP), India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), among others. He also did humorous greeting cards for Vakils in the 1960s, and cartoons for the Patriot, some of which can be seen in the Penguin Book of Indian Cartoons (1988).
Patel illustrated several children's books by Indian authors such as Ruskin Bond (Snake Trouble) and Sigrun Srivastava (The Ghost Rider of Darbhanga), as well as his own The Story of a Panther, published posthumously. Patel, as well as several other New Delhi illustrators, produced work for the National Book Trust. His titles for the National Book Trust include 1 to 10, The Best Thirteen, Stories From Bapu's Life, Rupa the Elephant, which were published in English, Hindi and other translated editions.

R. K. Laxman

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman is an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation The Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.

Bal Thackeray

Thackeray began his professional career as a cartoonist with the English language daily The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, but left it in 1960 to form his own political weekly Marmik.[citation needed] His political philosophy was largely shaped by his father Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, a leading figure in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement (United Maharashtra movement), which advocated the creation of a separate linguistic state of Maharashtra. Through Marmik, he campaigned against the growing influence of non-Marathis in Mumbai.

Jamini Roy

Shri Jamini Roy was an Indian painter. He was honored with the State award of Padma Bhushan in 1955. He was one of the most famous pupils of Abanindranath Tagore, whose contribution to the emergence of modern art in India remains unquestionable.




T. R. Mahalingam, pen-name 'Mali' (not to be confused with the flautist of the same name), was a pioneering illustrator and cartoonist from Tamil Nadu, India, in the pre-independence era. He was the Tamil Press's first caricaturist, according to Chennai historian S. Muthiah in The Hindu. Muthiah has written elsewhere that Mali did as much with his strokes for Vikatan as its celebrated editor Kalki Krishnamurthy did with his words. Mali published his drawings in the Indian Express[3] in the 1930s, and first made his name at the Free Press Journal 'before being immortalised in the pages of Ananda Vikatan, the first popular Tamil periodical'. He also did cartoons for the Vikatan group's English-language Merry Magazine, where he became the editor in 1935. He is said to have left the editorial nitty-gritty to his assistant editor, while continuing to illustrate such humorous serials as 'Private Joyful in Madras'

Mario Miranda

Mario was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and All India Cartoonists's Association, Bangalore, honoured him with a lifetime achievement award.[8] The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, conferred on Mario the highest civilian honour of "Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic" which was presented to him on 11 November 2009 at his family home in Loutulim by Don Miguel Nieto Sandoval and on 29 December 2009 Portugal, under the President of the Republic Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, made him "Commander of the Order of Prince Henry", a Portuguese National Order of knighthood. Mario Miranda was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India, by the President on 4 April 2012.