K. Shankar Pillai

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Kesava Shankara Pillai () (31 July 1902 - 26 December 1989), better known as Shankar, was an Indian cartoonist. He is considered as the father of political cartooning in India. He founded Shankar's Weekly, India's Punch in 1948, which also produced cartoonists like Abu Abraham, Ranga and Kutty, he closed down the magazine in 1975 due to the Emergency then on he focus exclusively on children’s work. But the children of his times, be it in India or elsewhere in the world, see him as their uncle who did much to make them laugh and enjoy life.

He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1976, India's second highest civilian honour given by the Govt. of India.. Today he is most remembered for setting up Children's Book Trust established 1957 and Shankar's International Dolls Museum in 1965 The Hindu, August 2, 2002..

Early Life and education

Shankar was born in 1902 at Kayamkulam, Kerala. He attended schools in Kayamkulam and Mavelikkara. The sleeping posture of one of his teachers was his first cartoon. He drew it in his classroom. This made the headmaster angry. But then he was encouraged by his uncle who saw in him great potential as a cartoonist The Hindu, Oct 15, 2007.. . After schooling, he studied painting at Ravi Verma School of Painting at Mavelikara.

Shankar took keen interest in dramas, scouting, literary activities etc. He amazingly did good campaign for the collection of...
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