Saturday, February 9, 2013

Reis Magos (Part-II)


I had seen Mario’s work in many magazines and books, but the ones displayed here is something a Mario fan should not miss. I went about practically clicking each and every caricature, sometimes laughing aloud at the humor depicted so wonderfully in the cartoons. These are from his dairies before he became famous as a cartoonist. His detailing of the finer points in the everyday life of a Goan is remarkable. He started getting into trouble at school for sketching catholic priests in his cartoons.


The sermon from the pulpit with generous showers. (the pulpit is no more functional but you can still see them in the old churches)


He was probably one of the first Indian cartoonists to use crow quill.

 In one of his interviews to Gauri Gharpure, he mentioned “What is life just sitting at the desk? You must travel a lot when you are young. That is very important.”

He is one guy who did not have any formal education in this field but his knowledge of anatomy was great and that was the reason why his cartoons always stood out.

His Miss Nimbupani and Miss Fonseca were a regular feature in some of the magazines of yesteryear. 
His drawings now adorn many places, one of them being the Goa railway station (Madgaon)


 I had clicked one of his creations in Hotel Mondegar (in Mumbai) about 7 years ago and uploaded on Flickr.


Coming back to the ones in the Fort, a detailed description of him at the entrance:

These are drawings of a typical bachelor’s room (both male and female)


If you just look at a part of it (any part) you will find all those little things that are bound to be there in a bachelor’s apartment.

Then we have the city types and the village types:


The emigrant is from Bombay and hence Bomboicar



If you look at the body stance of each of the characters in the picture below you will understand what I mean by “knowledge of anatomy” 

And the language of Mr Johnson and Mr Bandorkar.
Mr Johnson: “A trifle more elegance in the rhythmical motions of your lower limbs Bandorkar”
Mr Bandorkar: “Arey? Vat you saying man, why phor such much language?”


He is one of those Indians who got all the three national awards: Padmashree, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

A self portrait:  

What I have put up here is just about 10% of the pictures that I clicked. So ye Mario fans don’t miss this place.

A typical adieu by Amul
The first part of this can be seen here.
http://joezachs.blogspot.in/2013/02/reis-magos-part-i.html



23 comments:

Beth said...

Mario is very talented!

Aaron said...

priceless :)

Ms Sparrow said...

I can see why you are such an admirer! They're very well done.

Richa Singh said...

I didnt know much about Mario just a name I had heard, your post has made me a fan. Amazing post Joe your words have added more beauty to his cartoons :)

Ashwini C N said...

Wonderful collection.

Anuradha Shankar said...

Beautiful!!!! i missed the exhibition in mumbai, but thanks to you have had a view of some really interesting ones sitting right at home!

Small City Scenes said...

Too funny. He is a great cartoonist and for no formal training he has everything spot on. MB

trees said...

You know what's sad here? Mario Miranda was truly world class. But he was a modest man who did not indulge in PR. So his name was known only in urban India and that too largely to a generation that grew up on his cartoons. We need to acknowledge people for their talent. Not because they can blow their bugle loudly...as seems to be the case these days.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

These are wonderful! I haven't seen his work before. He puts in so much detail ... the flea market, the guys bedroom ... the thong and crescent tatoo on the guy's butt who is climbing the coconut tree, lol!

Thanks for brightening my morning.

Kathy M.

padmaja said...

Beautiful compilation of extrordinary works, I can sit for the whole day looking and enjoying these, thanks for sharing!

Indrani Ghose said...

Fantastic post!
What an excellent compilation of facts and figures! Tremendous research done by you!

Tracy said...

VERY FUN! I also enjoyed reading about you... I appreciated so much what you say, "Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it." :o)

shivani said...

Fantastic !! What a visual treat !! Now even though I had visited this fort could my visit be complete without someone like you pointing out the details and facts. Must remember to keep my iPad ready with Reis Magos part ll :) thanks a ton for sharing something like this.

Ankita Singh said...

I had a lot of fun going through this post. Fanatstic compliation of his work.

Shelly said...

Amazing- I so enjoyed this, and what a talent he is!

EG CameraGirl said...

Love the intricate details. So much to see!

Susan Kane said...

What a talented artist! Has a sense of classic mixed with great imagination. The bachelor's room was incredible.

Destiny's child... said...

I am actually feeling ashamed that I knew nothing about him before reading this post. But thanks for writing it - I am already a fan. There's so much detailing that looks effortless. Wow! :)

....Petty Witter said...

Hello stranger, it's been a while but thanks for stopping by my blog I always appreciate your visits.

Thanks for the intro to Mario’s work, I especially like that self portrait.

ElszaDanDunia said...

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God bless

TexWisGirl said...

very talented comic artist! laughed at the preacher's pulpit.

R. Ramesh said...

nice boss..how u doing? best wishes always:)

Shilpa Garg said...

I remember reading and seeing Mario Miranda's cartoons in the Illustrated Weekly when in school/college. Good to see his works again after such a long time :)