Marudu born in Madurai was attracted to drawing because of his father MR.Maruthappan, a Trotskyite, who encouraged him by introducing books with illustration. He was also influenced by the hand-drawn portraits of Rabindranath Tagore and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose by M.R.Acharekar, that decorated his house. He began to read and observe finer details of his surroundings by roaming the streets of Madurai and read about Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso when he was in seventh standard. Marudu’s drawing masters Augustine and Jeyaraj nurtured him to win many prizes in competitions.Marudu’s stint at Madras College of Arts and Crafts helped him to meet sculptor Dhanapal, who later became his mentor.He said, “The exposure at college pushed me to another level of understanding and helped in constantly exploring new possibilities”. He was the textile designer at the Weavers Service Centre in Chennai and Vijayawada along with K. M. Adimoolam and other senior artistes. Marudu and Adimoolam took initiative in introducing contemporary art that broke all the conservative techniques in many popular magazines of that era. He was also attracted to movies because of his mother, Rukmini Maruthappan as her uncle MS.Solaimalai was a story and dialogue writer who influenced him along with actor S. S. Rajendran. Marudu was particularly attracted by Walt Disney, stop motion animation, trick shots and special effects in movies that prompted him to join as special effects as well as computer graphics coordinator for more than 30 films so far in both Tamil and Telugu languagesPlace your content for the second column here.