MUMBAI -- Keeping with its tradition of honouring noted personalities from across the globe, Google on Monday dedicated their special 'doodle' to one of the most renowned Indian cartoonists, Mario de Miranda, on his 90th birth anniversary.
Miranda, who developed his an independent style of creating cartoons and characters, is remembered for his portrayal of the bustling cityscape of Mumbai, featuring complex, multi-layered scenes. His works were primarily featured in The Times of India and The Illustrated Weekly of India among other newspapers, periodicals and books.
Cartoonist Mario Miranda (right) with his close friend Policarpo Vaz during the release of a book.
Guest doodler Aaron Renier, another comic artist known for portraying large crowds told Google, “I approached Mario’s work by pretending I was drawing with him. I chose his most popular style, very flat with criss-crossing interactions.”
In this homage to Miranda, one can see a rich cacophony of people, each unique in their perspective.
“That is what I liked most about his work,” Renier explained. “Trying to pick out who knows who, who's watching who, who's annoyed by who, who's enamoured by who. Hopefully people will see something of Miranda's spirit in it,” Renier said.
Miranda passed away on 11 December, 2011 at his ancestral home in Goa.
Miranda's friend and curator of Mario Gallery, Gerard da Cunha, will release a book today titled The Life Of Mario - 1949, the latest in a series which include ‘1950’ and ‘1951’.
Miranda held solo exhibitions in over 22 countries — including the US, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, France, Yugoslavia, and Portugal, among others, reported Mid-Day.
Miranda is also featured in the famous video Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, which included of India's notable personalities from the arts, cinema, literature, music, and sports, among others.
Mario was conferred the Padmashri and posthumously, the Padma Vibhushan, by the government.
Here's a glimpse of the legendary artist's work: