Kolkata: NOTED Bengali cartoonist Chandi Lahiri is no more. He breathed his last today after suffering briefly suffering from age-related ailments.
Daughter Trina Lahiri said that the 88-year-old cartoonist was keeping unwell for the past few days and the family admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on 15 January.
He passed away at the hospital at 1.50 in the afternoon. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has offered her condolences on the demise of Lahiri.
“Saddened at the passing away of eminent artist and cartoonist Chandi Lahiri. May his work continue to engage and entertain. My heartfelt condolences to his family,” she has tweeted.
His mortal remains were taken to his house at Raja Manindra Road at Belgachia in the afternoon where neighbours and admirers offered the cartoonist their last tribute. The cremation took place later in the evening.
Lahiri was born on 16 March 1931 at Nabadwip and matriculated in 1947. He joined the-Congress Lok Sevak newspaper as a journalist in 1952. Around 1961, he switched over to become a cartoon artist and joined Anandabazar Patrika the following year.
After this, Lahiri worked for about two decades at Anandabazar Patrika. Past retirement, he continued to make cartoons. In fact, of late he was engaged in doing illustrations and cartoons for consumer awareness literature published by the state consumer affairs department.
Lahiri did not confine his work to drawing cartoons alone. He authored several books on cartoons such as Michke and Nengti for children, Videshir Chonke Bangla, Chandir Chandipath, Bangla Cartooner Itihas, etc. for the adult readers.