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‘Thank you for teaching us laughter,’ say friends of late cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar

Mayor Mukta Tilak and police commissioner Rashmi Shukla were among the several prominent citizens and police personnel who offered condolences and paid rich tributes to Tendulkar

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2017 16:38 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Relatives and friends at Vaikunth Smashan Bhumi during the funeral of Mangesh Tendulkar on Tuesday(HT Photo)

Mild-mannered, gentle in his ways and with a pleasing personality, renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar who passed away in the city on Tuesday, had numerous friends and admirers.

At his funeral at Vaikunth on Tuesday afternoon, a group of senior artists, Murli Lahoti, Mukim Tamboli, V R Sali, Raosaheb Gurav and Vilas Kulkarni stood with a cartoon of Tendulkar which read, “Mangeshkarji- thank you for teaching us laughter. This is our way to express our grief for the passing of our friend. We remember him teaching us to laugh at various things. He would often say, one can win without saying much; all you need is your pen and brush.”

Mayor Mukta Tilak and police commissioner Rashmi Shukla were among the several prominent citizens and police personnel who offered condolences and paid rich tributes to Tendulkar.

The departed cartoonist’s brother-in-law, Manu Kelkar remembered that he would always travel to ammunition factory Om Cycle where he worked for 20 years as an engineer though he was BSc graduate. Later he bought his trusted Hero Honda which he rode till his death. Mangeshkar did his schooling at Bhave High School and went to MES and SP College for higher education.

Tendulkar’s daughter Vandana Dhavale, recalled, “On Sunday, he went to the temple for Guru Purnima and complained of uneasiness, so we took him to the hospital where the doctors suggested an operation for his urinary bladder. While he was rolled in, he gave me his wallet, his mobile phone and finally his hearing aid and said, “I will now go out of coverage.” He never returned back despite a successful operation, she added.

Babasaheb Purandare says Tendulkar inspired him to write as well. (HT File Photo)

I am at a loss for words for a friend who would be my muse when I wanted to write. He would often suggest new things while coming home for a chat and discuss many things. He inspired me to write too. All I have of him now is a portrait of a simple quiet mild mannered man. I am forever in his debt for making us understand the world through his cartoons,” said, veteran bard and scholar on Chhatrapati Shivaji, Babashaheb Purandare.

Chandrashekhar Daithankar at the funeral of Mangesh Tendulkar in Pune on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Mangesh Tendulkar loved theatre. We shared a common bond of watching plays together. We would often meet at Balgandharva to watch plays but not before he spread the message of traffic safety to those standing at the signal. It is indeed a great loss to the city,” said IGP, Chandrashekhar Daithankar,

“Tendulkar was a cartoonist and a Punekar to the core. He was disturbed by the way Pune’s traffic was followed and he would often portray that during his cartoons. He has a very good sense and was very down to earth person. His cartoons were subtle and beautiful where he didn’t need words to bring out the essence of what he wanted to convey. He will be missed,” said Vandana Chavan, NCP leader and former Pune mayor.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 16:37 IST