Born in a small village in Kanyakumari, the southern most district of Peninsular India, Rajasekharan Parameswaran was initiated to fine art at a very early age.
Starting with pencil sketches, Rajasekharan started doing painting at the age of twenty. Meeting Abdeen, a painter from Kanyakumari was a critical point in
Rajasekharan's future as an artist as it re-affirmed his interest in realist painting.
Meeting renowned artist J.P.Krishna in Chennai at the age of 25 has been a turning point in Rajasekharan's career. Krishna's style attracted Rajasekharan
to the extent of he wanting to emulate the former's style. Another artist who had a profound influence on Rajasekharan was the late film panel artist
Rajasekharan's village Meenchal falls in Vilavancode Taluk of Kanyakumari district. Born to Parameswaran and Pushpamma, he has four siblings,
a younger brother named Chandrasekharan, and three sisters - Vanajakumari, Sasikala, Premakala.
Rajasekharan never had any formal education in fine art. A graduate in Mathematics from Christian College, Marthandam in Kanyakumari district,
Rajasekharan did several jobs in different parts of India. He has worked as a hotel receptionist, medical representative, stenographer and teacher, before
taking up painting as a full time vocation in 1991.
Rajasekharan took up making of hoardings as a means to support his family comprising wife Valsamma and two daughters – Neethu and Anna.
His mathematics background helped him in handling large size pictures easily as he can lay the grids and fix dimensions easily.
Portrait making has been an area that Rajasekharan has worked a lot. He has made the portraits of several celebrities and gifted to them. They include
Rajiv Gandhi formmer Prime Minster of India
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, renowned space scientist and former President of India
Sivaji Ganesan, famous Tamil film actor
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, celebrated film director
Oduvil Unnikrishan, Malayalam film artiste
Kanayi Kunhiraman, renowned sculptor
P.N. Menon, Malayalam film director and painter
Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, noted theatre personallity
Mani Ratnam, film director.
In addition, he has made portraits of hundreds of others.
Peter Paul Rubens and Rambrant are his favourite artists in terms of colour scheme and lighting. Rambrant's lighting pattern helped Rajasekharan in developing
own style in lighting for commercial hoardings.
Attracted to films from very early age, however, seeing Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Mathilukal was a turning point, an eye opener about the role of a
creative artist in cinema. Initiation to classical and serious films was also around the same time. Rajasekharan has a special liking for Adoor's style.
After working as Assistant Director in Adoor's Nizhalkkuthu, Rajasekharan has been the art director for all films taken by Adoor subsequently.
Rajasekharan (Marthandam Rajasekharan as he is known in film circles) won state award for art direction for Nalupennungal in 2007, a landmark film
by Adoor Gopalakrishnan featuring four female characters from the stories of Thakazhi Shivasankara Pillai, the Njan Pith winning Malayalam author.
He has also been the art director for the documentaries – Kalamandalam Ramankutty Asan (Maestro's Memoirs) and on
Mohiniyattam (Dance of the Enchantress) – directed by Adoor.
Rajasekharan came first in the opinion poll conducted by Ananda Vikadan, famous Tamil publication, on the paintings made by seventy five selected artistes.
His attempt to make the world's largest easel painting was prompted by an eagerness to showcase an art form fast getting replaced by the
advent of mass flex printing. Artist Neyyattinkara Alex gave immense help to fulfil his dream. The easel was erected near Thiruvananthapuram
by the side of Kanyakumari NH 47. The easel is 56.5 ft. tall and 31 ft. wide and holds the painting of EMS of size, 25 ft. height and 50 ft. width.