Commemorating the 90th birth anniversary of the renowned Indian cartoonist Mario Miranda, Google comes with a doodle today. It is nothing lesser than a befitting treat to the fond memories of iconic Indian cartoonist with a blend of Portuguese culture.
The versatile Mario who amused the readers with his thought provoking cartoons and caricatures throughout his five-decade-long-career was born on May 2, 1926 in Daman, a then colonial state of Portugal. He was shot into the fame through his stint in the Times of India, Economic Times, The Illustrated Weekly of India and Femina.
The famous comic artist Aaron Renier is the doodler. “I approached Mario’s work by pretending I was drawing with him.I chose his most popular style, very flat with criss-crossing interactions,” he said. Google’s official statement reads: “In this homage to Miranda, we see a rich litany of people, each unique in their perspective.”
Though he was born in Daman, his ancestral roots were in Goa and it always had occupied a place in his heart and art.
Marking his hearty bond with Goa, Gallery Gitanjali in Panaji has organized an exhibition of Miranda’s original pocket cartoons and drawings in the name “A Pocketful of Chuckles”.it exhibited an amazing collection of his works including 60 pocket cartoons and 14 bigger drawings taken from his archives at The Illustrated Weekly and The Economic Times and other publications.
“The exhibition is special because it’s a large collection of Mario’s work that one doesn’t get to see very often,” Miriam Koshy-Sukhija, director, Gallery Gitanjali said.
His woks were admired in and outside of the country and was invited to Portugal on a state visit in 1969.
Miranda died in 2011 in Daman.