R.K. Laxman’s wife Kamala passes away
PUNE: Kamala Laxman, a noted writer of children’s books and wife of iconic cartoonist and creator of the Common Man R.K. Laxman, passed away here on Saturday. She was 88. Ms. Laxman, the second wife of R.K. Laxman, was only five years younger than her husband and also happened to be his niece.
Incidentally, R.K. Laxman’s first wife was also known as Kamala, the renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse and movie star, who began her career as Baby Kamala and then was later known as Kumari Kamala. They were divorced in 1960.
Ms. Kamala Laxman is survived by her son Srinivas, a retired journalist, her daughterin-law Usha and granddaughter Rimanika.
A talented artist in her own right, she was commissioned by the India Book House in the 1970s to pen the Thama stories and tales of Tenali Raman, Krishnadeva Raya’s witty prime minister. The Tenali Raman stories were later memorably serialised and telecast on Doordarshan.
According to Mr. Srinivas Laxman, his mother’s zest for life was noticeably waning after Mr. Laxman’s death on Republic Day in January this year.
“After his death, she had said that she would join our father soon,” Mr. Srinivas Laxman said.
Ms. Laxman, who more than held her own against her famous husband, became R. K. Laxman’s bulwark after the cartoonist suffered a series of debilitating strokes in 2003 and 2010, that left Mr. Laxman paralysed and incoherent of speech.
It was Ms. Laxman who, with tireless devotion, chaperoned and regulated her husband’s life — from managing R.K. Laxman’s countless fans and acting as his conduit to the outside world, disseminating his thoughts to visitors.
Born in Chennai, Ms. Laxman studied in St. Thomas’ Convent and later graduated from Delhi’s Indraprastha College.
She completed her interior decoration course from Sir J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai.
The funeral will be held here on Sunday, according to family sources.