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Janarthanan KESAVAN

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DOB:19th September 1991
Place of Birth:Chennai-Tamilnadu
Painting Style:Mouth painter
Member of MFPA since:    2007

On the evening of 4 March 2000, the then eight-year old K. Janarthanan Kesavan (popularly known as Jana) played with his friends on the terrace of his home in Chennai and accidentally touched a high-voltage electric cable with an iron bar. The severe electric shock injured almost his entire body and as a consequence, his right arm had to be amputated at the shoulder, his left arm at the elbow and his left leg at the knee. Young Jana was devastated but did not give up! Supported by his parents, friends and doctors, Jana learnt to write and paint with his mouth. He was soon participating in drawing contests and much to the surprise of everybody, he won prizes several times. Jana is a today a member of Indian MFPA Association and to date has won over 80 prizes in events at the district and state level. He is also the only physically disabled boy who, in 2004 and 2005, received two national awards from the Indian President, His Excellency, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for "Best Creative Child " and the "Balshree Award" .

Paintings of Janarthanan KESAVAN
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by Janarthanan Kesavan
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"The Calendar was a novel idea because it could be used as a calendar as well as a poster card. Thanks for sending us this beautiful art pieces. It is my mother who showed me these art pieces as she had no words to describe the talent shown by these people who worked with their mouth and foot."
- M. Indrajit, Chennai

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