Rasipuram K Laxman, or RK Laxman, is best known for his cartoons of The Common Man in the Times of India's daily cartoon strip, 'You Said It'.
RK Laxman was born on October 24, 1921 and was the youngest of six siblings. His father, Krishnaswami Iyer, was a headmaster, while his older brother RK Narayan was a famous novelist.
RK Laxman, who was refused admission to the prestigious JJ School of Art in Mumbai, graduated from the University of Mysore with a Bachelor of Arts.
His renowned You Said It strip first appeared in the Times of India in 1951. However, a little known fact is that Laxman also created a mascot for a leading paint company.
In 1954, Laxman, who was by then a well-established cartoonist, was given an assignment to design a mascot for Asian Paints. The result was 'Gattu' - one of the most endearing illustrations in the corporate world.
As a salute to the great man, here is revisiting Gattu in all his endearing
Image: Veteran cartoonist RK Laxman celebrates his 90th birthday with family, friends and relatives at his home in Pune, in 2011.
Image courtesy: PTI