Jesfer Pulikkathody Kottakkunnu was born on 2 January 1985 in Malappuram, a small town in Kerala, India. He has been suffering from muscular dystrophy for the past several years, which means almost all of his entire body is paralyzed from the neck down. While still at school, he painted using his hands. But due to the progression of the disease, he had to quit school. Over the years he learned to write and paint with his mouth.