It was the year 1975, when Mahanandia was a very poor art student
More often than not he would have to sleep inside of phone booths, or at bus stops. Eventually, Mahanandia made a name for himself by drawing portraits of celebrities and politicians, including Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Thanks to his growing reputation, Mahanandia was allowed to draw portraits in Delhi’s central square, Connaught Place. This is where his life would be changed forever.