Kamala Laxman

Kamala Laxman was an Indian author of children's books, and the wife of cartoonist R. K. Laxman.[1] Kamala died in 2015 at the age of 90.[1] She is survived by her son Srinivas, a retired journalist, her daughter-in-law Usha and granddaughter Rimanika.[1]

Kamala Laxman
Born1924 or 1925
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died14 November 2015
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s)R. K. Laxman

Early life and careerEdit

Kamala was born in Chennai and studied in St Thomas' Convent and later graduated from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi.[1] She also received a degree in Interior Decoration from Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai.[2]

Recognising her talent, the India Book House commissioned Kamala to write children's books in the 1970s.[2] Her notable works include The Thama Stories, Raman of Tenali & Other Stories and Thama and His Missing Mother.[2] Many of her works were illustrated by her husband R. K. Laxman.[1] Their stories were serialised and telecasted by the Indian TV station Doordarshan.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who also happened to be her maternal uncle, after his divorce to his first wife Kumari Kamala.[4] Kamala was the life president of Mahalakshmi Ladies' Club founded by her mother in the year 1965 in Mumbai.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Children's Book Writer and RK Laxman's Wife Kamala Laxman Dies". NDTV. 14 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Children's book writer Kamala Laxman dead". The Times of India. 15 November 2015.
  3. ^ Banerjee, Shoumojit (14 November 2015). "Children's books author Kamala Laxman passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ De, Shobhaa (31 January 2015). "An 'uncommon' marriage: RK Laxman and Kamala". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Where Knowledge is the only gossip". DNA. 10 October 2010.