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