Uttam Kumar was born into a poor family in Majouri Village, asmall town of Jammu and Kashmir in 1979. Uttam was declared 60% handicappedwith non functioning hands and right leg. But his parents brought him up with love and care and educated him to the best of their capability. When Uttam'sfather took him to the local school, many of the villagers told him that it wasof no use as Uttam would not amount to anything without his hands and one foot.However, Uttam and his family decided to take this as a challenge and show theworld what he was capable of.
With great difficulty Uttam started holding the pencil with his left foot supported partially by a dangling hand. One of his primary schoolteachers recognized his skills in art and encouraged him. From that time hestarted sketching, drawing and painting with his foot. As he started gaining in confidence,he decided to prove to everybody around him that "He too can live like a normal human beingand is capable of doing the things that any abled person can do". He wasdetermined to prove himself and started to put in hours of hardwork intoimproving his artistic skills.
After passing his 12th class, Uttam participated in many Art exhibitionsand public Art shows in and around the state, bagged many citations, awards andappreciations from Government and non-government organisations. Gradually people started recognizing his talent and supportedhim. He hopes that all of his art lovers would support him whole heartedly tillhis last breath.
Uttam Kumar has been a member of MFPA since 2015.