Google celebrated the 94th birthday of legendary cartoonist RK Laxman on Saturday with a doodle featuring him and his famous creation, The Common Man.
The doodle, in black-and-white -- just like Laxman’s sketches which created history -- depicts a studio in three parts, comprising his work desk, the artiste sitting on a chair drawing his famous ‘Common Man’ on a vertical canvas, with the Common Man peeping from behind, and a collection of work canvasses shown at the end.
When you click on the doodle it takes you to the search page where numerous sites are listed giving away information related to him and his compositions.
“We are very pleased and happy that Google has honoured his memory today with a dedicated doodle,” the cartoonist’s daughter-in-law Usha Srinivas Laxman said.
Born this day in 1921, Laxman passed away aged 93 after a prolonged illness in a Pune hospital on January 26 this year, marking the end of an era. He is survived by wife Kamala, son Srinivas, daughter-in-law Usha, grand-daugther Rimanika.
Laxman, whose art work also includes sketches from the TV show Malgudi Days, written by his brother RK Narayan, started off with his career as a cartoonist by doing part-time jobs for local newspapers and magazines.
Google has created over 2000 doodles to celebrate different holidays, anniversaries and lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.
The last one featuring an Indian artiste was themed on the late MF Husain on his birth centenary on September 26.