P. LAKSHMIAMMAL was eight years old when she was diagnosed with Leprosy. This diagnosis was particularly hard on her because she was a child without a mother. Because of the Leprosy, she was abandoned by her family and sent away to the colonies all alone. Her life as a child was very sad and lonely. The hardest part for her was being told by others, „Don’t touch me!“ and „Don’t come near me!“. These phrases were very upsetting and are attached to memories she will never forget.
When she was first given the opportunity to become an artist, she had no idea what an artist was! She has learned a little bit at a time and has slowly become a very good artist. She started with trees and shapes. Now, she enjoys painting pictures of the Gods and scenes relating to the Gods. Her favorite colors are green and red because she finds them to be very attractive colors.
With this new skill, she uses the money she has earned to support herself, acquire food and bandages, and the use of a private hospital for better treatment. Now, she feels a sense of dignity as she copes with the disease. She has friends and is learning to express herself once again.
Her message to the people who appreciate and purchase her paintings is that they are lucky! She has no advise to give – only her blessing. It is her great dream that no one should ever be affected with Leprosy again. For anyone who is coming to the Bindu Art School for the first time, she is more than happy to help and answer any questions.
Name: P. LAKSHMIAMMAL
Date and place of birth: : Thirupathi, Tamil Nadu
Husband’s name: Palani Aacharry
Year of infection: 1938
When did you come in the colony: 1996
You live with the family in the colony: No, I live in the old age home.
The family live in I have no family
Have you ever painted before: No
Why do you want to learn painting: to deliver from mental torture
Are you happy to stop begging and start painting: yes