Welcome to Dhisai

Dhisai is a preparatory school which introduces the foundations of art, architecture and design to students of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard. The certificate program prepares the students to take any entry level / entrance tests for art, architecture & design schools. Dhisai offers 2 yrs (for 9th & 10th),12 / 18 mths (for 11th students) and 6 mths (for 12th students).

Dhisai is headed and syllabus structured by experienced professional.

Meet the faculty

Mr.Sasikumar Kanniyappan

Sasi is a renowned artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer. A product of the Government college of art, Chennai, he has taught at several prestigious institutions like NIFT, Pearl Academy, IICD etc., He has travelled the world for shows, conferences and workshops. Following his father Mr. Kanniyappan’s footstep he and his family are the people behind the brand SUDHA’68 - manufacturers of art materials and dry pastels in India. Profound thinker, exceptional educator and a motivator to several designers that he has interfaced as students in the last 20 years. Sasi is a visiting professor at NIFT and and headed the foundation program for Pearl Academy in Chennai till 2016.

He also serves as a member in the board of studies of several institutions like Mc’Gans Ooty School of Fashion and at Stella Maris.

Fashion Designer

Leela is a product of the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology in Chennai. She has vast industry experience designing for buying houses. She started her career in the fashion industry with Naidu Hall then moved to Shuttle Weave Internal Exports. At Shuttle Weave she was exposed to working with international trends and designing for the European market. Later she had worked as a fashion consultant with E-Shakti.com. Her stint with teaching started when she joined Pearl Academy. She has been a mentor and headed the department of fashion design at Pearl Academy. Students whom she has mentored have gone on to win the Wills Lifestyle and Liva Portuge. Leela is an effective mentor at Dhisai shaping students who specifically want to pursue a career in fashion.

Ms. Vinodhini Mohan
Architect + Product designer

Vinodhini is an architect and product designer with experience in the fields of architecture, product design, furniture, retail design and interaction & strategic design management. She had interned with the illustrious sculptor and architect Sathish Gujral in Delhi. She later went on to pursue product design from the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID) at Ahmedabad. Working as a product design at Titan Fastrack watches she developed the Valentines collection for them. Following which she moved on to working with the design team at TI cycles where she redesigned accessories for the Ladybird series of cycles. She was also instrumental in developing retail branding and design of templates for the BSA / Hercules stores of different formats pan India.

To broaden her experience she later moved to consult in Strategic Design Management and Interaction Design with a few multinational companies. With vast experiences in designing products to industrial to packaging to retail and later to interaction design, Vinodhini advises and orients students at Dhisai on projects and portfolio development.

Ar.Hariesh K.Sankaran
Architect + Product designer + Urbanist

Hariesh K. Sankaran is an architect and designer with experience in the fields of architecture, product design, furniture, urban landscapes and strategic design. He has collaborated with various firms and brands like Louis Vuitton, Dietiker, Swarovski, Sunstar, Mizar, Vietri, Paolo Pecora, Multiplicity lab, DARC, ALAD etc., spanning France, Switzerland, Japan, Italy, USA, UK, Austria and the Indian sub continent working on varied projects ranging from furniture, lighting, packaging, retail, lifestyle accessories, interiors, architecture and urban planning. He has also been involved as a design consultant for the World Expo 2015, Milan and the master plan of the new capital complex of Abu Dhabi.

After completing his undergraduate degree from India, Hariesh pursued his masters’ degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Italy. Furthering his interest in architecture he pursued a masters degree in Architecture, specialising in urban landscapes. He is an award winning designer with his works and products exhibited at the Light+Building design expo ’06 (Frankfurt), Korean Design Expo ’06, Salone del Mobile ’07 (Italy), Opus design awards ’07 (Japan) and IBDC ’05 (Taiwan).

Currently he runs a small practice in Chennai called “Beanbee” and hosts an online architecture magazine called “Descroll”. He is part of the jury panel at NIFT and other architecture schools SRM, Sathyabama, AJ College, Crescent, McGans etc.,

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