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Fighting against all odds

Jiji Ann Cherian


Kochi: Anjan Satish is a true fighter in every sense. Though afflicted with cerebral palsy that has marred his speech, hearing, eyesight and movement, Anjan’s world is a colourful one and he just can’t stop wielding the brush. The 27-year-old who expresses himself through his art is an excellent caricaturist, and his 2D and 3D works are a marvel to watch. He has altogether 500 art works to his credit.

Anjan, who could not enrol in a special school due to his multiple disabilities, studied in a normal school till his tenth grade. A series of painful corrective surgeries from the age of 17 to enable him to walk opened him up to the world of art. “Though he used to create works of art that captured still-life in all its beauty, it was during his days of confinement that we discovered his extraordinary talent,” say Lathika and Satish, Anjan’s parents. Lathika quit her job at the High Court to take care of her son.

Anjan also secured an admission at the Toons Academy where he came out with flying colours in the practical sessions. A caricature he did of Abdul Kalam was appreciated by all and he found himself mentioned in Kalam’s autobiography.

Another popular caricature was that of the Kerala Blasters FC team, so much so that the players sent him signed t-shirts as a token of appreciation. The bundle of talent is currently teaching kids at the Adarsh Special School in Kochi.

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