On the occasion of World Cartoonists Day on May 5, the late R K Laxman’s granddaughter Rimanika Laxman announced an extension to the Common Man series with a new character called ‘Common Woman’. Common Man has been much loved by people of different generations across the country.
“The concept that she has in mind is the granddaughter of the ‘Common Man’, who has also been observing and facing similar situations, not only pertaining to problems related to women in general but with more and more awareness that has come about on the equality of men and women,” a statement from RK IPR Management, founded by Laxman, said, as reported by Indian Express.
Laxman’s character showed the day-to-day struggles of the common man. Now his granddaughter will take the series forward by showing issues related to gender by shedding light on social, political and economic struggles of a common woman
A group of cartoonists under RK IPR have come up with the character as a tribute to Laxman who died in 2015. The group of cartoonists are involved in demonstrating political and social disparity through their caricatures.
It is being said that the cartoon series, titled “Common Man and Common Woman”, had been discussed with Laxman himself and that he favoured the idea.
“She (Rimanika) has already started making a conscious effort to develop the Common Woman’s role,” a statement from RK IPR reads.
Usha Laxman, daughter-in-law of RK Laxman and mother of Rimanika, told SheThePeople.TV that the idea has been on her daughter’s mind since she was in school. “Rimanika is 21 years old currently but the idea has been with her since she was only 10 years, but she was too young then to do anything about it. And it was now that we thought that she can take it forward. She had even talked to her grandfather and grandmother who thought it was a great idea.”
She added, “We thought World Cartoonists Day would be the best day to announce it. We will be making a common woman series and then look for a platform to launch it.”
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