Padma Shri cartoonist Sudhir Tailang dies at 55

Tailang’s daughter Aditi said she hopes to fulfil his dream of establishing a cartoon museum. “He wanted it to depict the history of cartoons,” she said.

Written by Vandana Kalra | New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2016 1:47 am
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Cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, a Padma Shri awardee who chronicled over three decades of politics through his unsparing satires and unique drawing style, died here Saturday. He was 55. Tailang succumbed to brain cancer after fighting it for almost two years. He is survived by wife Vibha and daughter Aditi Tailang. The cremation will take place at Lodhi Road Cremation Ground at 2 pm Sunday.

“He was a good friend. I would say he was a great friend of this country too,” said Sunaina Anand, director of Art Alive gallery, who organised his retrospective, Here and Now: Rajiv to Modi, in 2014.

The self-taught cartoonist reportedly started drawing at the age of five. By 10, his first cartoon was published. The Masters in English joined The Illustrated Weekly of India in 1982, followed by stints in numerous newspapers, including The Indian Express. An anecdote he often shared was a meeting in 1990s, with the then HRD minister Murli Manohar Joshi, who called Tailang to say he was upset that he had not sketched him for almost six months.

Tailang’s daughter Aditi said she hopes to fulfil his dream of establishing a cartoon museum. “He wanted it to depict the history of cartoons,” she said.

“He used to say the tumour cannot take away the humour from me. Sadly, it took him away.”


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    Mayuri Choudhary
    Feb 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm
    One of the really witty cartoonists we ever had. His cartoons in HT were a delight to see. Acerbic political satire was his hallmark. After Tailang made a wry comment on a subject other cartoonists and commentators would follow. Will be missed. May your soul rest in peace.
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      Feb 6, 2016 at 9:57 pm
      The young cartoonist was right in saying that tumor will not take away humor from him which he must have exhibited till his last breath but,unfortunately tumor claimed the very source/father of humor that too at the prime of his illustrious career.Heart felt condolences to the bereaved family may God give enough of strength and wisdom to his daughter Aditi to fulfill her dad's dreams.
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        Gul Ramani
        Feb 6, 2016 at 4:09 pm
        RIP Mr Sudhir Talang. His work clearly shows that the pen, in his case the brush, is mightier than any sword and can flourish in an environment where free expression is cherished.
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          Raman Vr
          Feb 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm
          RIP Mr Sudhir Telang. You kept us amused by your cartoons. On the TV channels you educated us with your view points. Thank you. You will be missed.
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            Vasudevan Venugopal
            Feb 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm
            Like those of RK Laxman, Shri Sudhir Tailang's cartoons portra the situations in depth with sharp wit. One such piece in Deccan Chronicle that comes to mind is Shri P. Chidambaram , the then Finance Minister lurking in a corner, informs Shri Manmhan Singh on seeing a common man walking on the road slurping an icecream, "Sir, We got a rich man". RIP Mr. Tailang. I can never forget you.
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