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At 85, cartoonist Mario Miranda exits life's canvas

Acclaimed Indian cartoonist Mario Miranda died in Loutolim, Goa early on Sunday, family sources said. He was 85.

books Updated: Dec 11, 2011 07:12 IST

Renowned cartoonist Mario Miranda, immortalised by his depiction of Goan life and his humorous take on the world around him, passed away in Goa on Sunday.

He was 85, and is survived by his wife, Habiba, and sons, Rahul and Rishad.

The veteran cartoonist, who left a mark in his field with his inimitable style, died in his sleep at his ancestral home in Loutolim village, about 40 km from Panaji, Gerald D’Cunha, a family friend, said.

Mario Joao Carlos do Rosario de Britto Miranda was the man who first creatively transported the languid imagery of Goa – its people, quaint market places, roof-top homes and crowded taverns – to the world.

While Miranda’s cartoons and characters like Miss Nimboo Pani and Bundaldass are what made him popular, it was his illustrations of people, landscapes and places that catapulted him to the league of creative geniuses. His pictorial renditions of his travelogues across the major cities of the world stand out as masterly impressions even today.

Miranda studied at St Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore, and did BA (History) from the prestigious St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Initially, he was interested in joining the IAS but changed his mind and started studying architecture on his parents’ insistence, according to family sources. Soon he lost interest in architecture too and ventured into art.

He got his first break when The Illustrated Weekly of India (now defunct) published a few of his cartoons. Later, he was offered a job at The Times of India. He went to Portugal and then to London, where he worked for newspapers and in television animations.

In south Mumbai’s famous Mondegar Café, Miranda was commissioned to paint murals, which adorn the café’s walls even today. Miranda illustrated numerous books including Inside Goa by Manohar Malgaonkar and The Open Eyes by Dom Moraes.

He received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award of the country, in 2002, and the Padma Shri in 1988.

His last rites would be performed on Monday, family sources said.