The artist in him
"Chithiramum kai pazhakkam" stands
good only for those with an aptitude for drawing and not for
Eventhough he is known for being an actor, he still feels
greatful and honoured for being an artist. He always feels
so happy that in his short span of life, he was able to dedicate
8 years for the incomparable sacred field of Art.
Sivakumar always wanted to be a painter. Though his life
took off in a different direction, he never could let go his
natural passion for art. " Painting provided the base
for cinema. In art, all you need to do is observe things and
sketch on a canvas. Films are not any different. You have
to watch people, study their behaviour and emote in front
of the camera."
Whenever he wanted to draw something , he would just take
his cycle and pedal away. With just a few rupees in hand,
he pedalled his way to Tirukkazhukundram
and places near Chennai.
He came to the city in early 60s and captured the magnificence
of the Rockfort, and the Sri Ranganathaswami
Temple on his canvass.
After finishing his studies, Sivakumar entered the Fine Arts
College in Madras. After six years of learning the nuances,
he struck a perfect chord with his works.
He sits for hours at a stretch forgetting the world around
to complete a painting. He rates his paintings of a crying
baby and a girl with a flower basket
as the best ones of his detailed efforts.
He feels that art is the most effective way of expressing
his self. He remarks that in painting unlike movies which
is an effort of teamwork, he is the sole owner. And he owns
48 paintings. Painting has become an inseparable
passion. He took months to complete those paintings,driven
by a passion to bring out the finest emotional details.
Sivakumar is also known for his paintings of the Brahadeeswara
Temple, Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple,
Thirumalai Naick Mahal. The grandeur of these
paintings has earned him rich encomiums from the critics.
But what he finds as most impressive is a portrait of Mahatma
He is endowed with a superb memory power and is a voracious
reader. Things just get imprinted in his mind whenever he
comes across interesting lines. Even though he does not consciously
memorise them, he is able to retain them well.At any time
he could recite the verses of Bharathiar and poems of Sangam
Literature with flair and ease.
He was always inspired by the then artists in the film industry,
K.Madhavan and Sundaram.
It is equally surprising to discover that the veteran actor
is also a good writer.