Kalki Subramaniam is an activist, artist, author, actor, inspirational speaker and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Sahodari Foundation which works for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India. Kalki holds two Master’s degrees - Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and Masters in International Relations.
Being a transgender person, she grew up with stigma and insult when she pursued her studies, yet that had only made her a strong person and shaped her destiny. She fiercely campaigns for social, political, and economic equity and rights of transgender and intersex people.
Kalki advocates nationally against discrimination and hatred against transgender and gender non conforming people and voices for their inclusion at all levels. She has lectured in numerous prestigious institutions like IIT Madras, Jindal Global Law School, National Judicial Academy, Gauhati University, CET Trivandrum, SriRam college New Delhi and many more institutions across India. Recently, she was invited by the Harvard University of USA to speak at the India Conference where she received standing ovation for her speech.
In October 2010, Ms.Kalki was invited by the government of the United States of America for a 16 days Program to Washington DC, New York and Salt Lake City.
Kalki's debut in Indian film world happened with 'Narthaki', an offbeat film about the life journey of a transsexual woman - her quest for happiness, love and finding her identity and true happiness. She became the first transsexual actor in India to do a lead role in a major motion picture.
In 2012, Kalki was invited by the then Chief Justice of India, Shri.Altamas Kabir to Rashtrapathi Bhavan to participate in his swearing in ceremony.
She has received numerous awards for social work, film performances and her literary contributions. On March 8th 2015 women's day, Facebook chose Kalki as one of the 12 inspiring women of the world who use Facebook as a community development platform for empowerment. In 2016, Kalki was nominated by Loreal Paris India as the 'Woman of Worth' under the arts category.
Her collection of poetry in Tamil titled 'Kuri Aruthean' was published by reputed publishing house Vikatan publishers. It has been hailed as an outstanding work of poetry. Kalki was one of the major campaigners behind the Indian Supreme Court's verdict legalizing transgender identity in India.
As an artist, Kalki Subramaniam paints with intensity and has been touring with her artworks in shows across the country. She donates parts of funds raised through the sale of her artworks to the education of underprivileged transgender women.
Through Sahodari Foundation she initiated the Trans/hearts project and has been encouriging training transgender people to paint their untold stories on canvas. She aims to reach out to 10,000 transgender people around the world to paint their untold stories.
In Febraury 2017, she was invited to Harvard University USA to speak at the India Conference. She speech under the Inspire Series brought her standing ovation from the audience.
In June 2017, International Tamil University USA awarded her an honarary doctorate at Madurai.
Kalki lives in Tamilnadu India. To contact Kalki, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org