Mario de Miranda, Goa’s & India’s premier cartoonist passed away this morning. He was 85 years old. Awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002, and Padma Shri in 1988, two of India’s biggest civilian honours, Miranda has been a regular with The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times, though he got his popularity with his works published in The Illustrated Weekly of India. In a 1999 “slide show” on the work of Mario Miranda, the site says: “Nobody is better equipped to capture vignettes of Goan life than Mario Miranda.”
Goa-based editor Manohar Shetty has praised the prominent cartoonist for “his eye for detail, his skills as a draughts-man, and the total absence of malice.” Miranda’s big break came in 1974, when, at the invitation of the United States Information Services, he travelled to America, which enabled him to promote his art and interact with other cartoonists in the United States and also got a chance to work with Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts) and met Herblock, the editorial cartoonist of the Washington Post. He has held solo exhibitions in over 22 countries, including the United States, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, France, Yugoslavia, and Portugal. Miranda’s cartoons grace the walls of one of South Mumbai’s most famous hotspots, Cafe Mondegar, in Colaba.
Outside of cartooning he also did paintings & has published several books, including Laugh it Off, Goa with Love, and Germany in Wintertime.
Mario Miranda (or Mario de Miranda) (1926- 11 Dec 2011)