Mario Miranda’s Art Work: Souvenir from Goa
To come back from Goa without a piece of Mario Miranda’s cartoon work is like coming back home empty handed. Mario’s art works are not paintings or drawings; they fall under the category of illustrations. Using just black and white, Mario has churned out numerous illustrations that depict Goan life. He has very successfully placed this tiny little state of India firmly in every traveler’s and tourist’s dream.
Life of Mario Miranda
Wiki mentions: right from the tender age of six Mario Miranda showed his inclinations towards drawing, the walls of his home were his first canvas. He pursued his passion more than his studies. His early works appeared in Illustrated Weekly of India, a weekly magazine of India. Soon he was offered work in several other reputed magazines of India. A scholarship for travel and a year’s stay in Portugal helped him broaden his horizon.
Souvenirs from Goa
Mario Miranda’s art work can be now brought back home in the form of a souvenir. A piece of cutlery or a framed wall hanging or a T-shirt and numerous other options. I have made five trips to Goa till date and each time I keep bringing back some souvenir or the other. Yet I feel my collection isn’t enough.
He got a series of awards from not only Government of India but also from the heads of several other countries.
- Padma Shri in 1988,
- Padma Bhushan in 2002
- Life Time Achievement Award from All India Cartoonists’s Association, Bangalore
- Highest civilian honor of “Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic” from the King of Spain, Juan Carlos, in 11 Nov. 2009
- “Commander of the Order of Prince Henry”, a Portuguese National Order of knighthood from Portugal, under the President of the Republic Aníbal António Cavaco Silva in Dec 2009.
He passed away on 11th Dec 2011. It will be his third death anniversary this Thursday!