Hari Ram Kohli was born in Maharashtra in 1953. He fractured his spinal column while doing gymnastic exercises. He was paralysed from the neck down and became a quadriplegic. In 1978, he started teaching himself to draw and to paint with his mouth. He earned his living by painting greeting cards with his mouth. Mr. Kohli has sold more than 5000 original paintings, mostly flower and animal themes till date. He passed away in 2011.