Art and its existence are exuberant. It is something of it’s own kind no comparison no theories no nothing. It is the purest form of inner human expression which touches one and another with its unique presence and touch of the one who has created it for his satisfaction of expressing it to the ones who really need the output to relate to, which then becomes their voice. Such was an artist named Mario João Carlos do Rosario de Brito Miranda, also known as Mario Miranda, one of the most prominent cartoonist who left his footprints in the world.
Born in Portuguese India, now Daman on 2nd may 1926 to Goan catholic parents. Mario started his career with the contribution of his initial four years of his career at an advertising studio which later, brought him to a decision of considering cartooning for full-time. He emerged with his first break with ‘THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA’ which started publishing few of his works which brought him enough recognition to get landed with the proposals from ‘CURRENT MAGAZINE’. The most talked about cartoon stories came in his later years of career with the Times Of India where he was offered a slot in the editorial.
His greatest contributions to recall till date are the very famous cartoon characters which he created and were popularly known as Miss. Nimbupani and Miss. Fonseca which was published regularly in Femina, The Economic Times, and The Illustrated Weekly of India.
Mario was awarded with many great awards of the nation and international base which included Padma Shree in 1988, Padma Bhushan in 2002, a lifetime achievement award by the All India Cartoonist’s Association, Bangalore. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, conferred on Mario the highest civilian honor of “Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic” which was presented to him on 11 November 2009 at his family home in Loutulim by Don Miguel Nieto Sandoval and on 29 December 2009 Portugal, under the President of the Republic Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, made him “Commander of the Order of Prince Henry”, a Portuguese National Order of knighthood. Mario Miranda was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India, by the President on 4 April 2012.
The contributions of Mario Miranda are found everywhere in India which ranges from the tourism authorities of different states such as Maharashtra Tourism and Goa Tourism, even a road junction in Mumbai was named after him in the year 2013. His work used to speak from the normal and day to day life of the people which in general people forget to take notice of. His contributions to the “Cafe Mondegar” shows his simplicity in the art form where the two walls have murals created by him where one side of the wall depicts the life of Mumbai and the other side shows the atmosphere of the cafe.
The only compliment which we can give to this prodigious soul is BRAVO! May his soul rest in peace.