Kaaliyappan Madasaamy(actual name) was born in Kenya but came to Chennai when he was eight years old. At 12 years, he began designing costumes for dolls, whilst also taking up a month's course in the Tamil Nadu Advanced Training Institute. He has also studied Visual communication in Loyola College, Chennai. He then studied fashion designing in Italy. He has a fashion designing studio in Cathedral Road, Chennai.
Work in films
He made his debut as costume designer for the film Five Star (2002). Some of the films for which he did costume designing include Ice (2003), Chandramukhi (2005), Nenjil Jil Jil (2006) and Silambattam (2008).