Vasant Sarwate

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Vasant Sarwate
Vasant Sarwate a book cover.jpg
Born (1927-02-03)February 3, 1927
Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Died December 24, 2016(2016-12-24) (aged 89)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Cartoonist, Essayist, Civil Engineering
Nationality Indian
Notable works Vyangkala-Chitrakala, 2005 (in Marathi)
Spouse Sanjivanee
Children Anju, Manju, Satyajit

Vasant Sarwate (Devanagari: वसंत सरवटे February 3, 1927 – December 24, 2016) was an Indian cartoonist and writer who was published primarily in Marathi publications during his life time.

He was born in Kolhapur on February 3, 1927, He was a professional civil engineer, and worked at Associated Cement Companies for most of his working life. He died in Mumbai on December 24, 2016.[1]


Sarwate started drawing cartoons from the age of seventeen. He wrote a number of books on his art, and collections of his work. (See Authorship.)

Sarwate's art was partly inspired by the cartoons in The New Yorker, particularly those of Saul Steinberg.

Apart from cartoons, Sarwate illustrated books of many notable Marathi writers like P L Deshpande, Vijay Tendulkar and Vinda Karandikar.

He also illustrated satirist Jaywant Dalvi's monthly columns Thanthanpal for Marathi magazine Lalit. He created covers of all Diwali issues of Lalit since its inception in 1965 to 2014.

He helped many young artists establish themselves in the world of cartoons.

He received a Life Time Achievement Award from the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in May 2009.

Sarwate lived in Vile Parle, Mumbai.


  • Samvad Reshalekhakashi, Mauj Prakashan, 2012 ISBN 978-81-7486-998-2
  • Reshalekhak Vasant Sarwate, Rajhans Prakashan, 2009 ISBN 978-81-7434-441-0
  • Sarwottam Sarwate, Lokawangmay Griha, 2008 ISBN 978-81-906150-6-8
  • Khel Chalu Rahila Pahije!, Mauj Prakashan, 2004 ISBN 81-7486-381-8
  • Khel Reshawatari, Mauj Prakashan, 2004 ISBN 81-7486-380-X
  • Sawadhan! Pudhe Walan Ahe!, Mauj Prakashan, 1990 ISBN 81-7486-066-5
  • Khada Marayacha Jhala Tar…!, Mauj Prakashan, 1963 ISBN 81-7486-282-X
  • Wyang Chitra - Ek Samvad (jointly with Madhukar Dharmapurikar), Anubhav Prakashan, 2001
  • Sahaprawasi, Majestic Prakashan, 2005
  • Wyangkala - Chitrakala, Majestic Prakashan, 2005
  • Parki Chalan, Majestic Prakashan, 1989
  • Pu. La. : Ek Sathawan (Edited by Jaywant Dalvi; illustrations by Vasant Sarwate)
  • Niwadak Thanthanpal - 1 & 2 (By Jaywant Dalvi; illustrations by Vasant Sarwate)
  • Niwadak Marathi Wyangachitra (Edited by Prashant Kulkarni)


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