Pran Kumar Sharma - Pran for short-was born in Kasur, Pakistan on August 15, 1936. He has done a four-year fine arts course in Sir J J School of Arts, Mumbai apart from MA in political science.
There was a time when foreign comic strips dominated the Indian press. It was in 1960s that young Pran thought of creating Indian comics having our own characters and based on local themes. Thus came into life adventurous teenage boy Daabu and Prof. Adhikari. But the character that made Pran popular was Chacha Chaudhary, whose mind works faster than computer. Two episodes of Chacha Chaudhary have been acquired by the International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA for display. His other famous cartoon strips are Raman, Billu and Shrimatiji.
Pran has won the Thitholi award, 1982, People of the Year Award, 1995 by the Limca Book of Records and Rajdhani Ratan award, 1997.
He has published over 400 comics books comprising more than two lakhs drawings. About 30 newspapers and periodicals, across India carry his comic strips.