Bangalore: A collection of unpublished doodles of legendary cartoonist R K Laxman that reveals a more personal aspect of the creative genius would be put up on public display here for the first time.
Laxman known as the 'Shakespeare of Indian cartooning' had during holidays to Mysore and Bangalore between 1975-1991 sketched around 97 doodles, some of which were an extension of conversations with his late brother R K Srinivasan.
A part of the family's personal collection, the sketches will now be exhibited by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists at their gallery here from February 18 for three weeks.
Laxman's nephew R S Krishnaswamy told PTI that his uncle was so fond of creating meaningless doodles during holidays that his father brought him a big scrap book where he could sketch on that day's specific chat with him.
Some of the topics of conversation include poverty, politics, and the similarity of all religions of India. One evening also had a great 'Winter Whiskey Session' between the brothers, as reflected in the doodles.
In 1991, Laxman drew an essence of his chat with his brother on the evolution of the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao.
"Hundreds of people have seen these at home. Some have called them meaningless, nonsense while others feel they have deep philosophical and artistic significance," says Krishnaswamy.
Due to his relentless habit of sketching doodles, the 90 -year-old Laxman who now resides in Pune, was nicknamed 'Doodu' at his house.