PATHANAMTHITTA: Jensen Sam, a Revenue Department employee attached to the District Information Office at Pathanamthitta Collectorate, draws portraits of prominent personalities.
The story does not end there. He sends them to his ‘subjects’ and gets his works signed.
“I was ecstatic upon receiving the signed portraits from Mother Teresa and EMS Namboodiripad in the return mail itself a decade ago,” he says.
It all started with his obsession with the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma during his school days. Now, he has a collection of over 100 portraits.
Jensen’s treasured portrait album has works autographed by Rajiv Gandhi, T.N. Seshan, V.P. Singh, A.B. Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, Jyoti Basu, E.K. Nayanar, K. Karunakaran, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, V.M. Sudheeran, ONV Kurup, Sugathakumari, Nalappattu Balamony Amma, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Sukumar Azhikode, K.P. Appan, VKN, G. Devarajan, Akkithom, Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, C. Radhakrishnan, Murli Manohar Joshi, C.V. Sreeraman, M. Mukundan, Madambu Kunjukuttan and A. Ayyappa Panicker.
Jensen is also planning to send portraits of Fidel Castro and APJ Abdul Kalam to them in the next few weeks. Yes, he hopes for a not-so-delayed reply too.