The works of the RK duo will cover the walls of an art gallery in Pune, PM Modi will inaugurate

PUNE Timeless pieces from RK’s siblings – RK Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Day’ and RK Laxman’s cartoons – will bring the walls of the RK Laxman Art Gallery on the High Street Road in Baner to life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the city museum on Sunday, a project carried out by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The gallery will house cartoons drawn by Laxman since 1947, reflecting the country’s journey since independence.

Usha Laxman, RK Laxman’s daughter-in-law, “The gallery has several sections featuring the brothers’ writings and drawings. It is fast becoming an institution for Indian and foreign students. It will contain over 30,000 RK Laxman cartoons and rare footage.

“RK Laxman loved crows. It was his favorite bird and he watched it for hours. The gallery has a section dedicated to the bird.

Talking about the inspiration behind the creation of the gallery, Usha said, “When our family members met the Prime Minister, we expressed the wish to erect a memorial in the name of RK Laxman in Pune. The Prime Minister suggested setting up something that will connect with the next generation. The then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis became interested and commissioned PMC to develop the art gallery.

Mayor of Pune, Murlidhar Mohol, said: “We have acquired the land on High Street Road which has been allocated for amenity space. The gallery is installed on 1,315 square meters.

Head of PMC’s Heritage Department, Shivaji Lanke said, “A miniature model of ‘Malgudi Days’ is installed in the basement of the gallery, along with an audio-visual installation for citizens to enjoy the classic collection of short stories.”

Local Corporal Amol Balwadkar, who was involved in the project, said, “Although PMC is building the art gallery, Laxman’s family has helped and handed over many works. The gallery would be one of the main landmarks of the city.

William E. Bennett