Artist loses right hand 37 years ago, now creates lifelike paintings with left hand
Kottarakkara (Kollam): Even when he desired to create his niche in the world of art, Sasidharan still remembers the pain he suffered when he lost his right palm. The 54-year-old artist did not give up when a blast nearly shattered his dreams of becoming an artist 37 years ago. By the time he left the hospital, he practiced drawing with his left hand. His effort and determination resulted in the numerous oil painting portraits displayed at Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
Sasidharan lost his right hand and half of his left thumb in a fire accident that occurred at Kottarakkara Maha Ganapati Temple in 1983. Then a teenage boy, he was helping his father with some art works in the festival ground when the crackers blasted. After the accident, he started practicing drawing by holding a pencil in his left hand. He gained confidence after he could draw a picture of singer Yesudas.
Thus Sasidharan forgot the dark days in life and continued drawing pictures. He drew pictures of almost all noted writers in Malayalam for Sahitya Akademi and also portraits of many politicians. Among them, his personal favourite is the picture of E. K. Nayanar. He also recreated Ravi Varma paintings, Gods and Goddesses and Last Supper.
The huge painting of Lord Ganapati in the Maha Ganapati temple was offered by Sasidharan. He has completed around 10,000 paintings by now. The artificial hand fixed on the right arm is painted once in a year to look alive. As painting is his means of living, Sasidharan gets no rest even during lockdown. His wife Ambili and son Gokul also support him in his creative career.