“I have come, like many before me, to put things in their original place. Art is one way how I do it. I also express myself through music and sound. I feel sound gives the answers to all that are happening to Mother Earth, now. If only we humans could listen to our heart”
Jeganathan Ramachandram was born on 17 July 1962 in Cheras 2 ½ miles, Kuala Lumpur where an area considered as a village in the middle of city-a site which mostly populated by Indians those days. He been raised up in a big family consist of two sisters and two brothers. Jega who can well recolect those days said, his appa gained high reputation due to his job as a bank clerk. Jega said there were people who will just wait for hours for his late appa’s presence to even start a party or occasion as he is a respected person among them. As Jega growing up, he also dreamed to be a clerk one day. However God had something else for him, as I believe, God create human with a reason, Jega destined to deliver his thoughts through fascinating art works.
Jega recalled when he was just a normal middle-aged teen who desperately looking for part-time jobs around the crowded city yet been frustrated due to some silly incidents. On his way back with his fairly known friend, Jega came across an art exhibition by a famous Indian artist by that time. The incident took him to another dimension. He started to fall into art and spend most of his time learn skills and find his own identity as a painter. Somehow some coincident tragedies push Jega to India which is very rich in culture and art. Jega highly respect his masters however he said he tend to explore things rather then learn them.
Jega explained that in India, one who merely draws and paints considered a painter and nothing more. To be recognised as an artist, one must be knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects. As for his art training, he studied fine arts and traditional Indian painting (Tanjore Art) under Babu Surender, in Chennai, India from 1982 to 1984; granite sculpturing under Sthapathi Thangavelu Achari from Thirupathi,India; wood carving under Muthusamy Achari, Indian Classical music with ‘Vithvan’ Veena Arjuna in Madras and also Tantric art with Bootha Muni. Those distinguish artists produced a package-full art personal, Jeganathan.
By using the dabbing technique, Jega’s paintings celebrate shapes and forms in lush, rich and expressive colours. When the colours are dabbed with a cloth instead of using a brush, the colours are configured into place without causing distortion. In India, this technique is a form of folk art usually seen on rocks and stones.