Kesava Shankara Pillai (Malayalam: കെ. ശങ്കര് പിള്ള) (31 July 1902 - 26 December 1989), better known as Shankar, was an Indian cartoonist. He is considered as the father of political cartooning in India. He founded Shankar's Weekly, India's Punch in 1948, which also produced cartoonists like Abu Abraham, Ranga and Kutty, he closed down the magazine in 1975 due to the Emergency then on he focus exclusively on children’s work. But the children of his times, be it in India or elsewhere in the world, see him as their uncle who did much to make them laugh and enjoy life.
He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1976, India's second highest civilian honour given by the Govt. of India.. Today he is most remembered for setting up Children's Book Trust established 1957 and Shankar's International Dolls Museum in 1965.