With Sudhan – the master pencil artist!

I had a great opportunity to meet Sudhan – the man behind the daily dose of Periyava pencil art. Camera-shy, soft-spoken and humble personality is Sudhan. As I understand, he is normally very quiet but chose to talk to me for few hours.

Sudhan is doing a selfless job of drawing. To him, these drawings are pujas. He is doing work until midnight and he draws these at 3 AM etc. When devotees contact him, he spends his money to frame the picture and gives them so that they do not roll these drawings and keep it somewhere. He wants ummachi thatha picture to be worshipped. For that he had traveled to far away places to deliver these photos. I told him not to spend his money on this.

All he knows is Periyava – he did not learn Vedam etc. So he chose to do this daily painting of Periyava as his way of concentrating on Him. As we all know with His blessings, his drawings in his initial days were lot more simple and now he is focusing on lot more details and shading work etc, which are starting to give amazing look.

Great devotee, great blessings…We pray Mahaperiyava to bless him with health, wealth and more strength to draw!

Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara!

Periyava has been interacting with him through dreams. He narrated two incidents

Incident #1 (as posted by Sudhan in FB)

ஒரே கூட்டமா இருக்கே, பெரியவாள பார்க்க முடியுமா?….
மாமா கொஞ்சம் வழி விடுங்கோ ஓரமா நின்னு பெரியவால பார்த்துக்கறேன்…
ஆஹா என்ன அழகா இருக்கா பெரியவா…..இதுக்கு மேல என்ன வேணும்..
பெரியவா உன்ன கூப்புட்றா பா…
என்னையா? பக்கத்துல வேறயாரயாவதா..இல்லை கையசச்சு என்ன தான் கூப்புட்றா…. 
பெரியவா பெரியவா பெரியவா….
என்ன? படம் எல்லாம் போட்டுண்டு இருக்கியா?
ஆமா பெரியவா… எனக்கு அது ஒண்ணு தான் பெரியவா தெரியும்.
ஓ சரி போட்ர படம் எல்லாம் என்ன பன்ற?
அது பெரியவா பக்தாள்க்கு கொண்டு போய் கொடுத்துடுவேன் அவா பூஜை பன்றதுக்கு…
ஓ பூஜை பன்றாளா எல்லாம்..!!!
கை நிறைய விபூதி பிரசாதம் தரா பெரியவா…. 

When Sudhan woke up, the room was filled with viboothi smell.

Incident #2

One day he went to adishtanam to keep a new drawing at the feet of Periyava and few people around there reached out to him to look at the photos etc. While he was starting to do his pradakshanam, a small vidyarthi or a kid came running towards him and asked if he could do a drawing for him. Sudhan apparently nodded his head and kept moving. Subsequently, he forgot this whole thing. On that night or so, Mahaperiyava came in his dream and asked “Why didn’t you give that kid a drawing?”. Sudhan apologized to Him that he forgot. He pointed a specific photo and said “Give this to that kid”. Immediately he woke up and started drawing that image and called that kid, who happened to be living very close to Sudhan and gave it to him. His family members were so excited about Periyava’s anugrahams to their family.

Sudhan does not need any more approvals. He is truly blessed. He was kind enough to present me with two of his drawings. Out of that one photo was chosen by Mahaperiyava Himself. I felt blessed to receive this from Sudhan. Although he is camera-shy, I requested a photo with him so that I could say “I know Sudhan!”.

Here it is: (sitting outside of the Ayodhya mandapam).


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19 replies

  1. Thanks for introducing Sri Sudhan. I have always admired his simple lines bringing out so much life in the drawing. This is possible only by Periyava’s grace and bhakti of the surrendered soul. May he continue to inspire us.

  2. What a blessed soul Sudhan is!

  3. Excellent sudhan . Feel good to see you now for the first time ..pray periava to bless you with good health and happiness and many more drawings ..

  4. Dear Mahesh,
    I too met him once recently at the airport. That one was a very very short one. Luckily I managed to get his no through his friend who travelled with me in e flight. Sudhan within very big heart has drawn a divine pic of our Maha Periyava for me but I am not fortunate to get it fm him as I came to Chennai for a very short visit. Moreover we couldn’t meet as our ex cm passed away.. I still wonder at how my Periyava is going to come to me. Even now I’m in Hyderabad. I hv come to help my mum who was very sick for the past one n half month n
    has improved a lot now due to Sri Maha Periyava’s grace only.

  5. Blessed Sudhan !! With Periyava’s blessing, he keeps creating Periyava sketches daily.

    Periyava Saranam.


  6. Hi Mahesh, when this photo is taken? You are sitting on the side entrance of Ayodhya Mandapam, Next to Sri Ramachandra Murthy Padam in the centre of the madapam, there is a mani mandapam in which 6 feet Sri Periyava photo taken at Srisailam in 1967 is kept. Sri Anjaneyar sannithy on the south corner of the madapam. Am fortunate to have the darshan of Sri Periyava in 1970’s in Ayodhya Mandapam and got theertha prasadam. Very happy to see this photo.

    ஸ்ரீ பெரியவா சரணம் Sri Periyava Saranam

  7. Dear Sri Mahesh: I especially liked the last line: “… I requested a photo with him so that I could say “I know Sudhan!”.” You are terrific, and so is Sri Sudhan, of course.

  8. His Bakthi towards MahaPeriava is from the depth of His heart. Otherwise it is not easy to draw His portrait at one a day. They are all flowing from his soul. I too met him in Chennai last year and he gave me one of his drawings (Vishwaroopa Darsanam) which I had kept in my Puja room.I do not think that I possess even one millionth part of his Bakthi towards MahaPeriava. May MahaPeriavA’s blessings be showered on him and his family.

  9. Dear Mahesh ,

    Thanks for the note. Could you please give the contact details of Mr Sudhan ?

    Thanks and Regards,

  10. Hara Hara Sankara. Jaya Jaya Sankara.For the benefit of those like me please clarify who is Sri Mahesh and who is the pencil Artist Sri Sudan.  Thanks. Ram Ram. எல்லோரும் இன்புற்றிருக்க நினைப்பதல்லாமல் வேறொன்றுமறியோம் பராபரமே! Sri Ramajayam S. NatarajanDarshan Apartments, Flat No. B5, 1st Floor, NewNo23, OldNo2, East Mada St,Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041.Landmark : Entrance of the apartments to the left of Grand Sweets and Snacks.

    90031 78834 , 044 2442 1243,  044 4851 5387

  11. Blessed you are sudhan to draw Mahaperiavas pictures Best wishes to you. Reading your experiences gave me immense joy. Mahaperiava Sharanam..

  12. Namaskarams. Sudhan Sir’s Mahaperiyava drawings-(sorry. appadi drawings endru Mahaperiyavalai solla koodathu endru Pradosham mama solvar) ellam romba nanna thathroopamaha irukkirathu.

    Kindly share the contact number of Shri Sudhan Sir please.

    Mahaperiyava’s blessings are always with you Sudhan.

    Mahaperiyava Padham Saranam !

  13. I am an admirer of Sudhan. I have opened a separate folder for his “true to life sketches”.
    Jaya Jaya Sankara ! Hara Hara Sankara!

  14. Ithellam avar karunai thavira vera onnum illa…. Periyava kalla kettiya piditchindu irrukanum athu porum….. Periyava saranam

  15. Great Sudhan!!! Would like to see many more drawings from you !! May Periyava bless you with all happiness , wealth and good health !! Keep going!!

  16. A commendable service . Unimaginable level of dedication and commitment. Best wishes to Sudhan.

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