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Mario Miranda & Satyajit Ray

Mario Miranda

Born:2 May 1926

Died:11 December 2011

  • He popularly known as Mario Miranda or Mario de Miranda, was an Indian cartoonist and painter based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa.
  • He had 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.
  • He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2012.
  • He started his career in an advertising studio, where he worked for four years, before taking up cartooning full-time.
  • He got his first break as a cartoonist with The Illustrated Weekly of India which published a few of his works.
  • His drawings & cartoons also brought him an offer to work at the Current magazine.
  • A year later, the Times of India offered him a slot, even though they had rejected him at first.
  • Thereafter, his creations, such as Miss Nimbupani and Miss Fonseca, appeared on a regular basis in Femina, Economic Times, and The Illustrated Weekly of India.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and All India Cartoonists’s Association, Bangalore, honoured him with a lifetime achievement award.

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Satyajit Ray

Born: 2 May 1921

Died: 23 April 1992

  • He was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, music composer, graphic artist, lyricist and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.
  •  He was born in Calcutta into a Bengali Kayastha family which was prominent in the field of arts and literature.
  • Starting his career as a commercial artist, he was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica’s Italian neorealist film Bicycle Thieves (1948) during a visit to London.
  • He directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts.
  • He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic.
  • He authored several short stories and novels, meant primarily for young children and teenagers.
  • Feluda, the sleuth, and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fiction stories, are popular fictional characters created by him.
  • He was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University.
  • The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.
  • He had received many noticeable awards and gained a prestigious position over his life time.

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