Cartoonist Narayan Debnath passes away

A look at famous Indian cartoonists

Padma Shri, Debnath immortalised comic characters such as Handa Bhonda, Batul the Great, and Nonte Fonte

1. R.K. Laxman

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman is one of the most famed cartoonists of the country. He is mostly noted for his cartoon character called ‘The Common Man’ published in TOI

2. Bal Thackeray

Balasaheb Thackery is famed to the masses as the founder of the Shiv Sena political party. But, he began his professional career as a cartoonist with The Free Press Journal in Mumbai

3.Shankar Pillai

Considered as the ‘Father of Indian political cartooning’, he was the founder of Shankar’s Weekly which he edited and published himself and it is often coined as the ‘Punch’ of India .

4.Pran Kumar Sharma

He was the force behind the creation of India’s favourite cartoon character, ‘Chacha Chaudhary’. In 1969, he etched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine ‘Lotpot’

5.Vijay Narain Seth

Better known by his pen name, Vins. He was the first Indian contributing cartoonist for the Indian Edition of Reader’s Digest in 1976. Also a part of International Cartoon Museum

6.Sudhir Tailang

In 2009, he released a book titled ‘No, Prime Minister’ which had cartoons and illustrations depicting Manmohan Singh during his stretch of being the Prime Minister.

7.Ram Waeerkar

The brush master behind the the famed Amar Chitra Katha, Ram Waeerkar was an integral part in the history of cartoons in India. His works reflected mythology, fables and legends .