Born on 17 April 1943 in Gujarat, Mr Jayantilal Shihora grew up as a healthy son of a grain merchant in Gujarat. At the age of fourteen, he lost both arms in an accident with fireworks. He describes the months following as a "dark period full of depression". Five years after his accident, he learned that there were artists who could paint with their mouth or feet. With perseverance and diligence, he practised drawing and writing with a pencil in his mouth. Soon afterwards he was able to control both pencil and paintbrush in his mouth. In 1963 he received a scholarship from the association which gave him the opportunity to begin his studies in Fine Arts.