Mrs. Jyothi K. Kumar was born deaf at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. But she has made Bangalore her permanent residence. Even at an early age of three, she began to show her skills and talent by drawing pictures on the walls. Her parents encouraged her. At the age of five, she was enrolled in Sheila Kothwala Institute of deaf. Right from Kindergarten to 10th standard, she got many prizes in painting competitions.
At the age of 11, she prepared anatomy charts for preparing projection slides for her father to teach Medical students. When she was in the 8th standard, she took part in the painting competition of “VISUAL – ARTS FOR THE DEAF” organized by LALIT KALA ACADEMY, a regional center. She painted on the theme ‘POPULATION, EXPLOSION’ AND RIOT’. Among 14 centers of the city and southern region, she got 1st prize in a painting competition. Her academic record was excellent throughout her life. She always stood first in the class.
After completing S.S.L.C., in 1989, she passed her PUC in Commerce, as the only deaf student from New Horizon College for Women in 1991. During this period of formal education, she got many prizes and awards in spot painting and embroidery work, and handicrafts organized by various voluntary organizations and regional societies.