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Celebrated Bengali Cartoonist- Illustrator Narayan Debnath, passes away at 97
- Legendary Bengali comics artist, writer and illustrator, Narayan Debnath, has passed away after prolonged illness. He was 97.
- The celebrated cartoonist was the creator of the popular Bengali comic strips like Handa Bhonda (1962), Bantul the Great (1965) and Nonte Phonte (1969).
- He holds the record of longest running comics by an individual artiste for Handa Bhonda comics series which completed its continuous 60 years of running.
- In 2021, Debnath was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.