This is about a ‘differently abled’ girl, born with a condition called Down’s syndrome*. We have created this website for parents and families, for professionals concerned with the care and education of special needs people, individuals with learning difficulties and also for appreciators of the Arts. We hope that by sharing Karishma’s successes and challenges we can help others become aware of the lives and aspirations of people born with intellectual challenges, to know and accept them as individuals having their own potentials and believe in their exceptionalities. We trust this will help one and all, gain encouragement and perspective in whatever their own personal struggles might be and inspire to move on in life.
When the world says “give up”, Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” And then I realize, Yes, I can!
Karishma’s message : ‘I can, you can, we all can.’
Karishma enriches our lives everyday, giving us purpose and meaning to our very existence. She teaches us so many life lessons, most of all that the power of unconditional love breaks through all barriers and leads to higher level of fulfillment.
I have learnt more from Karishma than I could ever teach her. I leave every lesson with a profound sense of joy and wonder.
Karishma – born in 1991 in India, underwent early intervention at Mathru Mandir, Chennai and developed early learning skills at Srishti Special Academy, Bangalore. She later trained in pre-vocation and Creative Movement Therapy at RASA, Chennai. She performed number of dance drama, staged programs and felicitated celebrities. In 2008, Karishma relocated to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with her family where she learnt to paint and developed the skill. After returning from Vietnam in 2015, Karishma lived in Mumbai for 2 years during which she participated in Shaimak Dawar’s dance school and performed on stage. She also taught yoga for special children. She has now relocated to Bangalore with her family and has set up her own art studio and a recreation centre for young adults with down syndrome called, Studio 21 UP.
Karishma’s journey as the contributing member of the society began in 2011 with her first solo painting exhibition titled – ‘I Can, You Can, We Can’. Since then she has had 3 solo exhibitions and one auction and has donated over 125 paintings ! Her exhibitions and auctions has raised over 70,000 USD for charities supporting infant heart surgeries and special education in Vietnam and India.
Karishma’ s work has been recognised and appreciated internationally. Besides extensively covered by print and TV media in Vietnam, her early years talent were widely published in Indian media. Her yoga sessions for young children was featured in the Niki magazine, Japan. In the words of The Consulate General of India in Vietnam - “I must say she is a great diplomat and a great representative for India in Vietnam”. Karishma is also the recipient of the ‘World Downs Syndrome International Award’ 2014 and again in 2018 she received the self-advocacy award from India International Down syndrome Federation. She is also part of an NGO – Not Just Art. Karishma continues to inspire one and all…
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender and socioeconomic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable variation world wide. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.
Karishma gave me the painting before I moved from Vietnam to US. At that time, I was living in a different country from my family and Karishma has a personal backstory for me behind this painting… the 2-pc painting speaks to my situation; when I am with my family, it can be brought together as one whole, and that when we’re apart, they can take one-half and I can take the other-half. Since then, the painting has travelled with me from Vietnam, to US and now, Thailand. It reminds me of a wonderful girl who has such a great gift and is a blessing to everyone around her. Dear Karishma, you are such a sweet, talented and thoughtful girl. Thank you for sharing your gift with me. Cheers,
I would like to thank you so much for the generous gift I got in Michigan. The calendar and all the painting are so wonderful. My favorites are the butterflies, the Deep Peace, the Boating in the sunset, the Lanterns of Hoi An, the confusion and and and… You have a great talent and a generous way of supporting others with your art!
Stay like you are and continue to paint.
With best wishes from Germany.
At the first time I saw the paintings, I am immediately touched by the creativity and vision. Every painting tells a story from her soul. This painting is called "Helping Hands". The world needs helping hands - making it a better place. At PepsiCo, we established "Helping Hands" employee voluntary program across region because we as a company care deeply about the community we operate in. The purpose is to engage our employees to offer help to contribute positively to our community. There is no better painting depicting the spirit of "Helping Hands" than this one - warm and colorful color showing the wonderful world we live in because you and I care about it and make it better every day with our Helping Hands!
The Blue Sky, The Orange Sun, The Green Earth. What lively colors! What bold shades! What precise strokes! What vivid patterns the creator of this scene uses to make one go dumbfounded. One might think that to view the marvelous spectacle where these three elements unify, one needs to be at a place like a hill top or a valley but the fact is, that I see this marvel daily and whenever I do, a breeze of elation envelopes me. The breeze whispers a tale of the one who created these elements and brought them together to make it a wonderful manifestation. Karishma, a miracle in literal terms is not just my sister but a budding artist. Or I dare say an “established” artist! The magic that she creates with her paintings is so peculiar. The artist expresses through the paintings. And her paintings speak about the artist in return. What a bliss! Her 3 piece painting is the first and only painting hung on my home walls. Seeing Karishma articulate her feelings through painting is nothing short of a sensation. It’s a joy, a pleasure to see the paintings and even a bigger happiness to get reminded of the artist who is just the synonym of her name. Karishma – The Miracle! God bless her and may she keep finding her ecstasy in painting and delight the lives of others through them.