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Paintings From Kalki, For The Transgender Cause
Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India
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Kalki Subramaniam, through her artistic talent, aims to make a change in the lives of underprivileged transgender people.
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Started from 21/07/2016
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My name is Kalki Subramaniam, I am a transgender woman.

Due to the unconditional love and acceptance of my parents, I was able to complete my education with two masters' degrees. As a gender non conforming child, I had a difficult childhood, yet my family did not reject me. They embraced me unconditionally.Today I am an artist, activist, poet, performer and an entrepreneur. I also run an organization for transgender people called Sahodari Foundation. 

Most gender non conforming and transgender people are abandoned and pushed out of their families, unfortunately they lose their education and remain school dropouts. Pushed to the very bottom of the society, their only income is from begging and sex work. Societal acceptance and a dignified life in their preferred gender is what they need. I can unquestionably say that education can change transgender people’s lives for the good, education change their destinies for better. Love, respect and a dignified living are what they need. I want them to have similar opportunities like me.  I want to make their dreams true.

After going through difficult times, today, I am a performer, an artist, a poet, an activist, an entrepreneur and absolutely me. I have received many awards for my social work engagements and initiatives:

  • Life time Achievement Award – Lioness club of Chennai – 2009
  • Kokilavani Memorial Award - 2010
  • Best Social Worker Award – Kannadhasan Kalai Mandram - 2011
  • Gold award for acting performance in the transgender themed feature film ‘Narthaki’. - 2011
  • JCI Outstanding Social Worker Award, Puducherry – Junior Chamber International – 2013
  • Dinamalar Newspaper 'Penniyam' Award – 2013
  • ‘Penn’ award from ‘Plus Dream makers’ - 2014
  • BornToWin award for film performance - 2014
  • Best Poet Award from BornToWin - 2015
  • Achievers Award from Coimbatore Lawyers Association - 2015
  • Achievers Award from Coimbatore Transgender Welfare Association - 2015
  • Nominated by L'Oréal Paris and NDTV for ‘Women of Worth’ award 2016

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International Recognition:

  • Official guest of the United States of America as a Human Rights Activist through IVLP and honoured in the United Nations Office in New York city - 2010
  • Recognized by Facebook Inc. as one of the 12 most Inspiring Women on Social Media working on community development - 2015

God has gifted me with artistic talents. Being one of the first transgender artists in India, I am using my artistic talent to raise money for education initiatives of underprivileged and often homeless young transgender people. I don’t believe in getting anything for free. That is the reason I decided to raise funds by selling my paintings to support the education of underprivileged transgender people.

You and I, together we can change their destinies for a better life. 

I am raising  INR 2,00,000 for making that big step to change their lives. 60% of the funds raised will go to the betterment of the following four transgender persons who need your backing:

  1. Lalitha Anburaj, Tuticorin  – Lalitha, a transgender person from a very poor background, studies  nursing course. Her father, who was blind, passed away three months ago  leaving the family without support. Lalitha's mother works as a  housemaid. Lalitha needs financial assistance to continue her further  education
  2. Mythreyi, Madurai  – Mythreyi was rescued from sex trafficking and forced sex work. She  failed in Chemistry in 12th standard. She wants to complete her  schooling and pursue higher studies. 
  3. Kotravai Natchiar, Madurai -  Kotravai was rescued along with Mythreyi from sex trafficking and  forced sex work. She has completed her 12th standard and wants to pursue  law.
  4. Anu, Mangalore -  Anu is a graduate, rejected by her family because of her gender  identity, she lives with her friend in Mangalore. She doesn't want to  succumb to begging and sex work. She works hard to live a respectable  life. She needs support for continuing her Master's degree and her  transition. 

The remaining 40% of the funds will go for the sustainable support of my art practices.

  1. I will be investing in all the necessary  art materials like acrylic, oil and watercolor materials, canvas,  handmade paper and other stationary required to produce more artworks.
  2. More art means supporting more people. I will be able to help more under privileged trans people by making more art.
  3. Scientific  studies tell us that art heals by changing a person's attitude,  emotional state, pain perception and fear to one of hope, positivism,  creativity and inspiration. I will be able to conduct workshop sessions  for the disadvantaged which will lay the foundations for transformation  and healing. 
  4. I will be able to travel  and take my art to people worldwide by organizing exhibitions, art  workshops and participating in art festivals.


You can change their lives forever. The support you offer will open the doors for a better life through education so that they will live with dignity and self confidence. Your gesture will change their destinies forever. Make the change today.


Risks and challenges
  • Many applicants prefer to be anonymous because of being discriminated and for safety reasons. 
  • While  we take the maximum protection to send the artworks and rewards well  packed and sealed, sometimes rain or natural disasters may spoil it. Let’s be positive and hope nothing of that sort happens.

FAQs

1. How do you identify people who need support?

Being an activist and serving the community for more than 8 years, I I am  approached by transgender people for counseling, support and guidance. I also have a good network of fellow activists and social workers who  identify the needy and recommend to me. I interview them. I decide a person as a beneficiary only after interviewing them many rounds and  confirming that the person really needs support.

2. Will you be supporting more people or is this a onetime campaign?

I will continue to support more people through more artworks and more campaigns.

3. What would you do with any excessive funds available?

All excessive funds will be invested in backing the education of more  disadvantaged transgender people and invested in creating more artworks.

4. I want to own more of your water colours and acrylic paintings to support your initiative. How is that possible?

I am committed to help more people. I will bring more artworks in the  second campaign. However, you have the choice to buy my artworks from my  art shows or by writing to me.

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Media on this campaign:

ScoopWhoop.com - This Activist Is Using Her Paintings To Crowdfund Education For Transgender Women.

Yourstory.com - From the streets of Coimbatore to the walls of Bengaluru – How Kalki Subramaniam is empowering other transgenders through crowdfunding her own art.

The Hindu - Kalki Subramaniam exhibits paintings to raise funds for four transgenders.

The New Indian Express - 'Love is limitless and gender, fluid'.

Economic Times - Transgender Artist Kalki Subramaniam to raise money via crowdfunding.

This Week Bangalore - Kalki, India's first transgender artist seeks crowdfunding for upliftment of transgenders.

The News minute - Transgender activist Kalki's battle through art.


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Watercolour Painting by Kalki
Title: Friends, Water color, (11.69” x 16.53”). This is an original cubist water colour that you will receive. You will also receive an art poster of one of my acrylic paintings, a set of two pop art coffee mugs and a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will also be mentioned on my website and Facebook.
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Water colour painting by Kalki
Title: Inside the window, Water colour (size 11.69” x 16.53”). This original cubist water colour painting will yours! You will also receive an art poster of one of my acrylic paintings, a set of two pop art coffee mugs and receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will be mentioned on my website and Facebook.
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Large acrylic artwork by Kalki
You will receive 33” X 25” large acrylic artwork on canvas titled ''Buddha - Contentment". You will receive a handwritten thank you note from me and will also receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will be mentioned on Facebook and my website. A dinner with me during one my art shows is possible.
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Large Acrylic Artwork by Kalki
You will receive 33” X 25" large acrylic exotic artwork on canvas titled ''The King".
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Large Acrylic Painting by Kalki
Title: Free spirit, Acrylic on fine canvas, size 33" X 25". You will also receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary, and a handwritten thank you note from me. Your name will be mentioned on Facebook. A personal meeting with me during one of my art shows is also possible.
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Large Acrylic Artwork by Kalki
You will receive 33” X 25" large acrylic exotic artwork on canvas titled ''The Mighty One". You will receive a handwritten thank you note from me and will also receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will be mentioned on Facebook and my website. A dinner with me during one my art shows is possible.
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Large Acrylic Artwork by Kalki
You will receive 25” X 33” large acrylic exotic artwork on canvas titled ''Exotica - The rainbow Queen". You will receive a handwritten thank you note from me and will also receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will be mentioned on Facebook and my website. A dinner with me during one my art shows is possible.
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Large Acrylic Artwork by Kalki
You will receive 'The two halves', large acrylic artwork on canvas, 26 in X 19 in, Diptych (two paintings as one, can be interchanged). You will receive a handwritten thank you note from me and will also receive a thank you phone call from the beneficiary. Your name will be mentioned on Facebook and my website.
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