Mysuru: A man with a chequered coat and bemused expression is ready to welcome visitors at Rail Museum. He is none other than the much loved and closely followed cartoon character ‘Common Man’ created and immortalized by the illustrious cartoonist R K Laxman. The character is deeply etched in the minds of people of all ages.
Mysuru division has installed a life size sculpture of the celebrated cartoon character in the precincts of Rail Museum. This is another novel initiative of the division.
Railways in India reflects the hopes and aspirations of common man. Installing this iconic character is a way of celebrating Railway’s connect with the common man.
“The legendary R.K. Laxman was born in Mysuru and graduated from the University of Mysore. The character of ‘common man’ appeared for the first time in the year 1951. This also coincides with the journey of Railways in independent India. This is a small tribute to the creative genius of the illustrator who hails from the city. It is another highlight of the transformed Rail Museum” said Aparna Garg, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru.
Divisional authorities engaged Arun Yogiraj, a sculpture artist who hails from Mysuru to do this life size version. He has done complete justice to the work, aaccording to Priya Shetty, Divisional Commercial Manager and PRO.
– Team Mysoorunews