Delightful characters such as Miss Nimbu Pani and Miss Fonseca can be found on coasters, posters and other merchandise in Bandra, at a new store dedicated to late cartoonist Mario de Miranda.
Called Mario Gallery, the store protrudes out onto Linking Road, with Miranda’s doodles plastered across its exterior.
“The gallery is an effort to bring fans closer to Miranda’s work. They can choose any of his designs and select the form they want it in —postcards, coasters, notebooks, even as gift canvases,” says Shabana Chawla, owner of Mario Gallery, which opened doors in October. Chawla also owns an art gallery in Oshiwara, and was inspired to start the store after a particularly popular exhibition of Miranda’s works at the gallery.
Most of Miranda’s works are in black-and-white caricature style, and depict local city life. For instance, his Mumbai-based works showcase life in a chawl, on local trains, at the men’s salon, at the bus stop, and so on.
All the store merchandise is imported from and printed in Goa.
What: Mario Gallery, a store dedicated to cartoonist Mario de Miranda’s artwork
Where: Linking Road, Next to Shopper’s Shop, Bandra West
Cost: Postcards start at Rs 10; original artworks start at Rs 40,000