Srilekha Mandalapalli was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (a rare congenital disorder characterized by multiple joint contractures) due to which both her limbs are paralyzed. She is a commerce graduate and started painting in 2007 under the guidance of SIRI Institute of Painting and became a member of the Indian Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association (IMFPA) in 2013. Four of her paintings are now featured on the calendars and greeting cards of IMFPA. In 2013, she received the “Naveena Mahila Award” from TV9 in the “Different Ability” category. She participates actively in organizational events and motivational sessions inspiring people, sharing happiness, and spreading colours of joy.