Bilathikulam,the residential suburb where Harivihar homestead is located has been blessed with the presence of many artists and scholars at various times. Great sculptors like Artist Nambooothiri, writers like M.T.Vasudevan Nair etc used to live here.One of the same genre is Madanan, our artist next door.
The diminutive fifty five year old Madanan is currently the senior art editor at Mathrubhumy,a popular vernacular paper and print conglomerate in Kerala.Born to a family with strong art lineage in Kannur, Madanan had his schooling from Vatakara, a Calicut suburb. His guru or teacher was his father himself, who was the drawing teacher at the same school.
Madanan has drawn innumerable pencil sketches in India and abroad. He likes to sketch architecture and his passion is sketching heritage buildings in and around Kerala.Over the years,he has amassed an envious collection of pencil and pen sketches of almost all the heritage buildings in and around Kerala.Apart from buildings,Madanan also likes to sketch people and events,like festivals and markets.His collection includes the Victoria terminus ,Mumbai,TAJ ,Mumbai,Kollengode Palace,Elamkulam Mana,Aluva palace,Jaram at Ponnani,Alleppy market,Connemara market in Chennai,Padmanabha swamy temple and the Guruvayoor temple.
Madanan stays in a modest house right across Harivihar .On somedays ,you could spot him with his drawing board and pencil,furiously sketching in the gardens of Harivihar.We are indeed proud to have a neighbor like him!