Visiting Artists



Benitha Perciyal has an MFA in Painting and Print making. She has shown her work at the Delhi Art fair and the kochi Biennale as well as other international shows.



A fascination for children’s books and the world of nature led Mugdha to choose Graphic Design and Illustration for a career. After graduating from the National Institute of Design in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, she worked for several years in publishing houses such as Tulika, Dorling Kindersley and Penguin.



Yuvan has an MFA in Art and was awarded a residency in Scotland as well as the Lalit Kala research fellowship. He has had shows in France, Netherlands, Dubai and India.



Vijay Pichumani has an MFA in Printmaking and has won the 2015 National award from Lalit Kala Academy. He has shown his work extensively in India, the US and Korea.



R. Janathanan has an MFA in art and has exhibited in major galleries like Apparao and Latit Kala Academy in Chennai, Khoj and Aman Lodhi in Delhi and many others.



Kalpana is an architect who has worked in Delhi, Zurich and is now based out of Chennai, where she along with her husband John, run their own design firm – Diagrammar. Having finished her education at the CEPT University in Ahmedabad with a short stint at ETH, Zurich, she has worked on a wide variety of architectural projects including residences Tsunami rehabilitation projects, schools, colleges, institutional and commercial buildings. She is a visiting faculty at MEASI Academy of Architecture where she teaches architectural design. Kalpana loves to teach and her focus is on the importance of learning by doing.



Maithreyi was the Art Director at J. Walter Thompson for over six years and has worked with popular brands like Pond’s, ITC, Pepsi, Arun ice cream, Reynold’s pens, Parry’s Confectionery, Parryware, India Cements and many more. She currently lives in Chennai with her husband and 9 year old daughter, who has also inherited her keen design sensibility.



Uma Krishnaswamy illustrates books, bags, spoons and kettles for children and grown-ups. She has illustrated several books for Tulika, Penquin, Scholastic and many other publishing houses. She specialises in creating amazing animals, foolish humans and super heroes. She was awarded the Charles Wallace Trust Arts Scholarship to do her post-graduation in Visual Communication (Illustration) in the UK. She has also received the Small Study and Research Grant (India) from the Nehru Trust, to document the Kalamkari cloths at the Government Museum, Chennai. She loves Art History and visits many colleges in the city as a guest lecturer.



Vellachi Ramanathan has 6 years of experience in the craft and textile industry. She has worked in Bangalore, New York City, Melbourne and is currently in Chennai. She has a masters degrees in Fine Arts – Art History from MSU Baroda and another Masters in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Vellachi also did a year long project with NID, Ahmedabad. Her experience includes visual and material culture research, photography and documentation, trend analysis and designing interior textile collections for companies such as Zimmer + Rohde and Himmatsingka among others. Being a painter at heart, she has an instinctive use for colour in her studio work.

Ravindran (2)


A Masters of Fine Arts (sculpture) graduate from the Government School of Arts, Chennai, Ravindran is our resident sculptor. He loves to work with various birds and animal forms that he creates in bronze, wood and stone. His beautiful creations are rooted in his childhood memories of temple elephants and the morning rooster from his home town Kovilpatti, a small town in Tamilnadu.


His human series titled ‘Warrior’ is a depiction of his own determination and struggle to dedicate his life to the arts. He has exhibited his work at the Forum Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, Apparao Galleries, and Cholamandal. Internationally, he has showcased his work at the Arterie Fine Art Gallery, Chicago and the Sudra Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. He has been working as a freelance sculptor with Lalit Kala Akademi since 1998.



With a name true to his profession, Potrarasan creates magic on the potters wheel. He set up the Ceramics department in Dakshinachitra, Chennai and has held numerous pottery workshops in museums and institutions across India. He is a Masters of Fine Arts graduate (Ceramics) from the Government School of Arts. He was awarded the best outgoing student in his department, and has also taught at the college. He was a research scholar for the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. He loves to work with children and will introduce them to the joys of creating their own objects using the potter’s wheel and baking/firing them in the specially designed kiln at our studio.



Alamelu Annhamalai is an independent artist from Chennai. With a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, she explores concepts that often relate to the society, people and her own personal experiences. A lot of her work is figurative or representational, and she experiments with various mediums. She has conducted art classes for children and was a resource person for art at Hydra – a project of Multiple Intelligence Foundation, Chennai. She has exhibited her works in multiple galleries in Chennai, Coimbatore and Hyderabad and worked on several freelance projects for private clients.



Aline studied Bharathnatyam since she was 8 years. Her love for dance never waned and she studied bharathnatyam and yoga in Kalakshethra as well as in the Tamilnadu Music college where she graduated from.  Soon her love for yoga increased and she started teaching it . She underwent the Arkaya Trainers Program with Yogacharini Maitreyi. For the last three and half years she has been teaching at Alphabet International school.


Sandhya Gopinath

Sandhya Gopinath is an Artist and an Art Educator, passionate about teaching teenagers and young adults. She helps students with their portfolio preparation for Art, Design and Architecture colleges in India and abroad. She has 8 years of teaching experience in international schools and other art institutions.