Pran Kumar Sharma
Born: 15 August 1938
Died: 5 August 2014
- He better known as Pran was an Indian cartoonist best known as the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (1971).
- He also created other characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, and Channie Chachi.
- He began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi-based newspaper Milap with comic strip Daabu.
- Apart from Daabu, Indian comics scenario was largely based on reprints of The Phantom and Superman.
- In 1969, He sketched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous.
- He has also created other cartoon characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channi Chachi and others, which are regularly published in Indian magazines.
- He reached lakhs of Kannadigas through his Putti, Raman that were published in Kannada daily Prajavani and Shrimathi which publishes in Kannada magazine Sudha.
- He was included in People of the Year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India.
- In 1983, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi released Pran’s comics “Raman – Ham Ek Hain” which promoted national integration.
- He received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001, from Indian Institute of Cartoonists.
- He has also given lessons in cartooning at the Pran’s Media Institute, run by his son Nikhil.
- Maurice Horn notes that Pran has been given the title of “Walt Disney of India” in The World Encyclopedia of Comics.
- The Chacha Chaudhary strips find permanent place in International Museum of Cartoon Art, United States.
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