Pran Kumar Sharma

Pran Kumar Sharma

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Pran Kumar Sharma Profile

  • Name:
  • Pran Kumar Sharma
  • Born:
  • August 15, 1938
  • Died:
  • August 5, 2014

Pran Kumar Sharma Biography

Pran Kumar Sharma was an Indian cartoonist best known for creating the popular character Chacha Chaudhary in 1971. Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, and Channie Chachi are other popular fictional characters created by him. He passed away in 2014 and he was posthumously awarded Padma Shri by Indian Government in 2015. He had been suffering from colon cancer for a long time and took his last breath in a hospital in Gurgaon on August 5, 2014 aged 75. He was fondly called ‘Pran’ by his admirers. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, from Indian Institute of Cartoonists.

Pran Kumar Sharma was born in Kasur on August 15, 1938. After graduating from Gwalior he took PG from an evening Camp College, Delhi. Though he pursued a five year distance education course at Fine Arts from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, he discontinued. His professional career began in the year 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi-based newspaper Milap. He came up with a comedy strip – Daabu, at a time when Indian cartoon world was filled with foreign characters like Spiderman and Superman.

The creative idea of Chacha Chaudhary was sketched in the brain of Pran in the late 1960s. He published it for the first time for the Hindi magazine Lotpot in 1969 which brought him fame and popularity.  Very soon his creative mind created other Indian cartoon characters like Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman and Channi Chachi and they got regularly published in various Indian magazines. He was included in People of the year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India. He was given the title of "Walt Disney of India" in The World Encyclopedia of Comics and his iconic character Chacha Chaudhary got a permanent place in International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA.

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Updated: September 27, 2017


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