Laxman Aelay: He was born in Kadirenigudem, Andhra Pradesh. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the JNTU College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad. Laxman's paintings are nostalgic, depicting the rural people he grew up with. His sources of inspiration are the lives of the poverty stricken people of his village. He has shown in major solo and group shows in India and abroad and his works are in various collections. He worked as a publicity designer for film director Ramgopal Varma. He is also a writer and an illustrator of children’s books.