The state of Goa has been busy getting ready for 90th celebrations of one of the best known cartoonists and illustrators, Mario Miranda.
The warm-hearted drawings by Mario are recognized both in India and countries overseas. His death happened in 2011.
The 1949 diaries by Miranda were published by The Mario Gallery and Museum so as to depict how he lived his life when he was a student in Mumbai. By then he was 22 years old.
An art gallery in Panjim, Goa, has displayed his print works as well as musical concert.
Mario was born in Goa but he spent most of his youth life was spent in with him changing between Goa and Mumbai. This is the name that he was more popular on.
Among some of the newspapers on which he worked as a cartoonist are Current and Weekly of India magazine. He also worked for Midday and Economic Times. The Afternoon Dispatch and Courier did not either shy away from producing his work.
Mario has created cartoons of Secretary Miss Fonseca, Bollywood star Rajani Nimbupani and minister Bundaldass.
“Mumbai, seen through Mario Miranda’s eyes, is at one level cosmopolitan, symbolising the good things in life, and at another level, a nightmare with its acute space crunch and sundry other civic woes” says Gerard da Cunha, curator of the artist’s work.
He was more popular in the 1970’s and 80s with his work being seen in magazines, murals, calendars and textbooks.