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our story

Kai Rassi creates vocational art programmes and spaces for differently-abled artists, helping them make, market and earn an income from their original artworks.


We provide our artists with individualised instruction, mentorship, art materials and marketing assistance, helping them contribute to the art in our society and developing a sense of purpose with confidence.

Our artists are largely self-taught and tell authentic, unique and unfiltered stories through their artwork.


Kai Rassi Foundation is an Non-Profit Organisation founded in 2017, registered under the Indian Companies Act.

our story



origins | 

Kairassi is a tamil word that loosely translates to auspicious hands - alluding to the luck that one is born with.


Artists are creative individuals who are able to use their creativity to create things of beauty - for the rest of us to admire. The origin of any artist is practising their hand at perfecting something as simple as straight lines later translating into their unique artistic style and vision.


We, at Kai Rassi believe in using what we have to make a difference - and that in our differences lie our strengths. We are committed to unearthing and guiding our differently-abled artists along their artistic journey.

the team


Founding Director 

Divya is a lawyer by day who moonlights as an independent artist! During one of her usual days at the office, she was inspired to create a space - that was both, inclusive and creative - where individuals impacted by disability could hone their skills, while helping them get the recognition and respect that they deserve.

She holds a degree in Law and Business Administration at Symbiosis Law School, Pune.



Kadambari believes in multiple intelligence and focusing on ability rather than disability when working with children and young adults with multiple disabilities at Vidya Sagar, Lotus Blind School, SCARF and many other organizations

She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Women's Christian College, Chennai and is a licensed Special Educator from the Rehabilitation Council of India.



Indira has always been passionate about providing better education practices and therapies for differently abled children.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Disability Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, she has experience in working with the children at Vidya Sagar, Alpha to Omega School, and an art therapy clinic in Los Angeles



Team Lead

Anupama has always had a keen interest in creative workshops and design, her years of experience in business strategy and social aptitude  makes her a key assets of our team. She holds is a psychologist degree from Madras University.


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Studio Manager

Melani's immense passion for art drives her to assist Kairassi. Mel is a children's book illustrator and independent artist, with several years of experience is production and design.


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Operations & Workshop Lead

Malathi has a passion for social service and her intuitive and warm nature is a natural fit with kairassi. She has years of involvement in social work and administration and is valuable member of our team.



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Lead Legal & Project Sourcing

A lawyer with over 9 years’ experience, Arush finds it critical to be a part of positive social impact activities and holds a special interest in art. Arush also passionately helps identify new projects and volunteers at art workshops and exhibitions.


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