Legendary cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passes away
Kolkata: Well-known cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passed away at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Thursday afternoon due to age-related ailments. He was 86 and is survived by his wife and daughter Trina who is also a cartoonist.
Lahiri was admitted to the hospital with respiratory problem a few days ago. Later, he developed multi-organ failure and breathed his last on Thursday afternoon. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled his death and tweeted: "Saddened at the passing away of eminent artist and cartoonist Chandi Lahiri. May his work continue to engage and entertain. My heartfelt condolences to his family." Lahiri joined the newspaper industry in 1952 when printing cartoons was a must in English and vernacular newspapers. He became a full-fledged cartoonist in 1961. He used to write satires which attracted readers. He joined the Hindustan Standard. His cartoons were published in Anandabazar Partika in the name of Tirjak.
Lahiri will be remembered for his monumental research Cartooner Itibritto and A history of cartoons — 1947-1993. His book Bangalir Rangabyango Charcha brought him popularity as a writer.
He also leaves behind a legacy that can be found in children's books such as Michke and Nengti and books such as Bideshider Chokhe Bangla and Chandir Chandipath among others.
A collection of cartoons sketched during his stay in Hindustan Standard was later published under the title "Visit India with Chandi".
He was associated with the Consumer Affairs department and used to draw cartoons to create awareness.
The popular cartoonist had a large fan following among the readers of various newspapers, where his works appeared, including in the leading vernacular daily.
His distinctive style made him an institution and his cartoons were used even in various government campaigns.
Lahiri's cartoons reflected the socio-political situation in West Bengal and the entire country for over 50 years.