Leela Janardanan - wife
Leeja Bijoy - Daughter
Bijoy Bhaskar - Son in Law.
Adithya and Arnav - Grand Sons.


‘Avanthika’ Cherakkara-P.O
Thalassery, Kerala, South India.
PIN- 670 104
Ph: 0490-2344023, Mob: 09846707453

K. Janardanan

Born on 7th May 1935 at Thalassery, Kerala. Studied fine arts at Kerala School of Arts, under Artist Sri.C.V. Balan Nair. Former Head, Art and Photography Unit, University of Calicut. Author of the book ‘Bharatheeya chitrakala.’ Published numerous articles on art in many major news papers, Periodicals and journals.


• M.A (History)
• Diploma in Drawing and Painting (MADRAS - Now Chennai)
• Graphic Art - Ghari Studios, Central Lalith Kala Akademi (New Delhi)

Solo shows

• 1987 - at Kerala Kalapeetom, Cochin, sponsored by Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi,
• 1990 - at Lalith Kala Akademi Gallery, Calicut organized by ‘Ratham’ Calicut.
• 2006 - at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art Gallery, Bangalore.
• 2010 - at Sarada Krishna lyer Auditorium Thalassery organized by Kerala School of Arts.
• 2014 - at Lalith Kala Akademi Gallery,Tiruvangad. Thalassery organized by Sreenarayana Library, Cherakkara, Thalassery.

Group Shows

• 1985 at Bangalore, organized by Kerala Kala Peetom, Cochin.
• 1987, 1990 at Calicut University, organized by University Visual Arts.
• 1989 to 1994 organized by ‘Ratham’ Art organization at Calicut.


• ‘Artists from Kerala’- sponsored by Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi at NewDelhi (1978) Madras (1980) Bangalore (1985)
• ‘Exhibition of Art Trends in southern Region’ Madras, Hyderabad, Bangalore, NewDelhi, Jaipur and Ahamedabad in 1980. Organised by L.K.A Regional Centre, Madras.
• Annual State Exhibitions conducted by Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi at various centres from 1970 to 1995

• National Kalidasa Exhibition, Ujjain, 1997

• M.F. Hussain and Painting for Communal Harmony at Calicut 1992.

• M.F. Hussain and Millenium at Trivandrum-1999
• Attended the Graphic workshop of Carol Summers at TVM. 1979
• Attended inter State Artists’ Camps at various centers in India, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988.


• Govt. of India Senior Fellowship in the field of visual forms of ‘Theyyam’ (A folk Art of Kerala) and it’s applications in contemporary painting 1998.


• Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi award 1970, 1973,1974 and 1978.

• Highly commended certificates 1987 and 1995.


• 2001-Kaladarpanam-Cochin.
• 2011-Kerala Chitra Kala Parishath-Kannur
• 2012-Kerala Lalitha Akademi


• State Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram
• Chitram Art Gallery, Cochin.
• University of Calicut
• Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi, Trichur.
• Cerulean Kala Gallery, Calicut
• Malayala Kala Gramam, Mahe.
• Art Gallery, Kadirur.
• Collectorate Calicut, Press Club, Calicut.
• Hi-Touch Art Gallery, Thalassery
• Many Private Collections in India and Abroad.


JURY : Mathrubumi All India Photography contest - 1991,1993, All Kerala Photography Contest 1995.
           : University and Interuniversity Youth festival Painting Competitions.
Foto fest India - 2001

Subject Expert and Examiner

• Kerala Public Service Commission for the selection of Artists, Artist Photographers and Art Teachers. 1988 to 1993

Art organisational Activities

• President ‘Ratham’ Calicut 1991 to 1995
• Founder member and Convener,Calicut University Visual Arts 1986-1990

• Director, K.J School of Arts-1991 to 2002

Standing: Bijoy Bhaskar (Son-in-Law) Leeja Bijoy (Daughter) Adithya and Arnav (Grand sons)