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Sudam Bisoyi

Born on 20 March 1990 in Odisha, Sudam Bisoyi is an Indian Navy Veteran. In 2010, he had an accident while on active duty that left him in a quadriplegic condition. Sudam is currently staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Sudam’s first exposure to mouth painting was in 2015 and it really made an impression on him.  Painting with his mouth has given him a sense of freedom that he otherwise can’t experience. He trained under the MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare and joined MFPA as a member in 2020. He has a strong base in acrylic medium and paints on themes like landscapes, flowers and still life. 

Bhim Kumar Karki

Born on 8 July 1992 in Manipur, Bhim Kumar Karki is an Indian Army Veteran. It was in 2012, he had an accident while on active duty that left him in a quadriplegic condition. He is staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Bhim tried mouth painting for the first time in 2016 and he says it has given him purpose to move on and live with a new passion. He trained under the directions of MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare. Bhim joined MFPA as a member in 2020 and is currently exploring the acrylic medium. He works with themes like landscapes, animals and birds, flowers and abstract.

Prashant Vasant Kamble

Prashant Vasant Kamble was born on 5 July 1990 in Karnataka. He was an Indian Army Soldier before his accident. During active duty in 2014, Prashant was involved in an accident leading to a spinal cord injury which resulted him in a quadriplegic condition for life. Currently retired from service, he is confined to a wheelchair, staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Prashant first tried to paint with his mouth in 2013, after which he never looked back. Now, he is confidently pursuing his newly found passion under the guidance of MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare. He joined MFPA as a member in 2020.

Joyal Biju

Born on 16 April 2004 in Kerala, Joyal Biju suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. As of now, he is unable to use both his hands and legs. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Joyal was not able to go to school after primary education and is getting homeschooled. He started painting with his mouth from 2017 under the guidance of his art teacher K Ramachandran Thayannur.

Dhiraj Sathvilkar

Dhiraj Sathvilkar was born on 17 December 1993 without both upper limbs and a right lower limb. Born in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Dhiraj started painting with his foot at the age of five. After finishing his intermediate education, he went on to graduate in law. 

Jagwinder Singh

Jagwinder Singh was born on 3 April 1991 in Punjab, without both his arms. He and his family had to struggle to get him admitted to a school. Questions about his inability to use hands became the motivation for him to use his feet for writing and other works. He was interested in drawing from his childhood, mostly influenced by his father who is a needleworker. Watching his father do embroidery was his first creative insight. After finishing his school he did a two-year diploma in art and craft.

Hari Ram Kohli

Hari Ram Kohli was born in Maharashtra on 13 June 1953. He fractured his spinal column while doing gymnastic exercise. He was paralysed from the neck down, resulting in a quadriplegic condition. 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.

Ruchi Grover

Ruchi Grover was born in Panipat, India, on 16 April 1982. On 4 September 1993, at the age of eleven, Ruchi came in contact with a high-voltage power line due to a television antenna which had fallen from a house. She lost her mother and her older brother in the accident. Ruchi fought for her life during the two months she stayed at a hospital in New Delhi. She lost her arms, her earlobes as well as a part of her scalp and hair. She ran her household completely on her own.

Neminath. H. Phalke

Born on the 2nd of July 1964, Neminath Phalke lived in Varkhadi, Aurangabad, along with his family. An accident while serving at the Indian Air force paralyzed him from the neck down. Even though he was unable to use his limbs and was confined to a wheelchair, Neminath never gave up on life. He taught himself mouth painting in 1988 and had left his mark in the field. He painted landscapes, flowers and animals of his native land, India.

M.V. Ravindran

M. V Ravindran was born in Payyanur, Kerala, on 1 March 1969. At the age of two, he fell ill with polio which left both his legs and hands temporarily paralysed. In sixth grade, he had another accident which fractured his left knee. He had to stay in bed and go through rehabilitation and other treatments. He did recover but lost the ability to walk completely. After seventh grade, he was totally helpless and gave up school. Ravindran’s interest in painting was already noticed by this time. He gave up paintings when his physical health further deteriorated and that he couldn’t hold the brush with his fingers.

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