Artist K N Pisharody

Artist K.N.Pisharody ( Kattoor Narayana Pisharody) was born in October 1908 to Kattoor Pisharath Kunjikkavu pisharassiar and Anayathu Pisharath Chakrapani Pisharody. After completing his schooling from Thrissur Government School and obtaining his B.A. degree from St. Thomas College  he  obtained B.T.from Madras University. He also pursued a Deploma course in Art and Painting from Madras. After three decades of teaching in various schools he retired as Head Master from Cheruthuruthy Govetnment School in 1963. During his career as a teacher he was also pursuing his passionate hobby of drawing pencil sketches, water and oil painting, Portrait painting etc. Once he drew a colour portrait of King of Cochin Province and the King was so impressed that he presented him a gold medal. Even when he was a school teacher he served two decades as a teacher in Teachers’ Training College. During this period the drawings in school text books were contributed by him. Even today B.T College’s walls are adorned with his colour paintings. Sculpting idols in Plaster of Paris was another hobby pursued by him. Statues of various personalities especially that of Mahatma Gandhi had won him accolades. Unfortunately out of all renowned paintings only the one on Guruvayoorappan has been printed and preserved. After retiring from teaching profession he decided to spend rest of  his life in development and popularisation of Art and Painting. With this in mind , he took steps to set up Kerala Chitrakala Parishath and became it’s founder President. He has also contributed immensely by associating himself with Kerala Fine Arts Acadrmy, Kerala Kalamandalam Committee etc. Colour Portraits of Vallathol Narayana Menon, Aattoor Krishna Pisharody, E.V.Krishna Pillai and Punnasseri Nambi were some of his Master pieces.

Portraits of his Uncles and other relatives drawn by Artist Narayana Pisharody still adorns the walls of his residence “Chitrasala” as a rememberance of this great Artist. Thiruvathra Pisharath Devaki Pisharassiar was his wife. Mr. T. Achuthanandan, Dr.T.Sreekumar and  (late) Mr. T.Harinarayanan are his sons. This illustrious soul left for heavenly abode in 1983.

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