Janardanan was born in Kannur, a district in North Kerala, India in 1935. He started off his art education at a very young age. He worked as Head, Department of Art and photography, Calicut University and he dedicates his retired life for art and paintings.
His paintings depict the culture and tradition of Kannur, which has a resonant past with myths and legends. He has a genuine passion for Theyyam, which is the vibrant ritual dance of North Kerala. His most acclaimed art works symbolizes the rich cultural heritage and folklore of his land. Though Theyyam had been used a motif in his paintings in 80ís, he has made a significant move as his recent works show a different context. He is emphasizing more on figurations. His paintings are also sensitive to the social environment and they empathize with human beings in distress. Though he was adept in perpetually changing trends of art, he maintains a very exceptional and captivating style of his own. His paintings have their own language and no wonder they won him rave reviews. Janardananís paintings adorn lots of galleries and private collections. His vision on different trends in art and paintings has been published in many journals.