R. K. Laxman Net Worth

R.K. Laxman was an Indian cartoonist and writer born in Mysore in 1921. He was best known for creating the comic strip 'You Said It' featuring the 'Common Man', a silent observer representing the average Indian. His fascination with drawing began early on and he eventually pursued a career as an artist, eventually landing a job as a political cartoonist with 'The Times of India' where he created the 'Common Man'. In addition to being a cartoonist, he was also a writer and published numerous short stories, essays and travel articles.
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Age, Biography and Wiki

Who is it? Cartoonist & Creator of 'The Common Man"
Birth Day October 24, 1921
Birth Place Mysore, Indian
R. K. Laxman age 99 YEARS OLD
Died On 26 January 2015(2015-01-26) (aged 93)\nPune, Maharashtra, India
Birth Sign Scorpio
Occupation Cartoonist, illustrator
Known for Common Man cartoon
Spouse(s) Kumari Kamala (M. ?–1960; divorced) Kamala Laxman
Relatives R. K. Narayan (Brother)
Awards Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award
Website http://rklaxman.com/

💰 Net worth: $8 Million

R. K. Laxman, the renowned Indian cartoonist and creator of the widely beloved character 'The Common Man,' is estimated to have a net worth of $8 million in 2024. Laxman's artistic talents have made a significant impact on the world of Indian cartoons and his contributions have earned him both recognition and financial success. His iconic creation, 'The Common Man,' resonated deeply with the Indian population, portraying the everyday struggles and experiences of ordinary citizens in a humorous and relatable manner. Laxman's work continues to be cherished by millions, representing his lasting legacy in the field of cartooning.

Some R. K. Laxman images

Famous Quotes:

I drew objects that caught my eye outside the window of my room – the dry twigs, leaves and lizard-like creatures crawling about, the servant chopping firewood and, of course, and number of crows in various postures on the rooftops of the buildings opposite

— R. K. Laxman

Awards and nominations:

There is a chair named after R. K. Laxman at Symbiosis International University.

Exhibitions of Laxman's cartoons organised by Indian Institute of Cartoonists at Indian Cartoon Gallery.



R. K. Laxman was born in Mysore in 1921 in an Iyer family. His Father was a headmaster and Laxman was the youngest of eight children: namely, six sons and two daughters. His elder brother is Novelist R. K. Narayan. Laxman was known as "Pied Piper of Delhi".


Laxman's earliest work was for newspapers Rohan and magazines including Swarajya and Blitz. While still at the Maharaja College of Mysore, he began to illustrate his elder brother R. K. Narayan's stories in The Hindu, and he drew political cartoons for the local newspapers and for the Swatantra. Laxman also drew cartoons for the Kannada humour magazine, Koravanji (which was founded in 1942 by Dr M. Shivaram who had a clinic in the Majestic area of Bangalore. He started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to humorous and satirical articles and cartoons. Shivaram himself was an eminent humourist in Kannada. He encouraged Laxman.)


Laxman held a summer job at the Gemini RohanStudios, Madras. His first full-time job was as a political Cartoonist for The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, where Bal Thackeray was his Cartoonist colleague. In 1951, Laxman joined The Times of India, Mumbai, beginning a career that spanned over fifty years. His "Common Man" character, featured in his pocket cartoons, is portrayed as a witness to the making of democracy. Anthropologist Ritu G. Khanduri notes, "R. K. Laxman structures his cartoon-news through a plot about corruption and a set of characters. This news is visualized and circulates through the recurring figures of the mantri (minister), the Common Man and the trope of modernity symbolized by the airplane (2012: 304)."


Laxman also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints Ltd group called "Gattu" in 1954. He also wrote a few novels, the first one of which was titled The Hotel Riviera. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. & Mrs. '55 and a Tamil film Kamaraj. His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days which was written by his elder brother R. K. Narayan, directed by Shankar Nag, and a Konkan coast based Hindi sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya. Laxman also drew caricatures of David Low, T.S. Eliot, Bertrand Russell, J.B. Priestly and Graham Greene.


In September 2003, Laxman suffered a stroke which left him paralysed on his left side. He recovered from it partially. On the evening of 20 June 2010, Laxman was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai after being transported by an air ambulance from Pune.


In October 2012 Laxman celebrated his 91st birthday in Pune. During a private gathering at his residence, Laxman cut the cake and was presented a DVD of a documentary titled The Brainy Crow by his fan Rajvardhan Patil, depicting the life and survival of the favourite bird of the Cartoonist. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who had a past association with Laxman as a Cartoonist, sent birthday greetings to him, family sources said. Scientist Jayant Narlikar and Symbiosis University chancellor S. B. Mujumdar also came to greet him on the occasion.


Laxman died in Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune on 26 January 2015 (India's Republic Day) at the age of 93. He was hospitalized on three days earlier for urinary tract infection and chest problems that ultimately led to multiple organ failure. He had reportedly suffered multiple strokes since 2010.