Jayakumar Baradwaj, Founder & Managing Trustee
Born in Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, S. Jayakumar is a performing classical musician trained at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.
Jayakumar's interest in the subject commenced with a journey on the footsteps of Vandhiya Thevan, the hero of the celebrated historical fiction, PonniyinSelvan by Kalki Krishnamurthi. Realising the threat to the cultural heritage of the country on seeing the dilapidated condition of the monuments en route, mostly on account of a lack of understanding about our past, he and a few other cultural and heritage enthusiasts formed Prastara (a traditional architectural term which refers to the roof of a structure) in 2010.
A firm believer that a greater understanding of our past will increase the chances of creating a better future, Jayakumar is also the Chief Editor & a contributor to the online bilingual monthly magazine on art and culture available at this website.
He also holds a Masters in Music and History and has been trained in Epigraphy under Prof. S. Ramachandran of the State Archaeological Department, Tamil Nadu.
Jothi vel moorthy.AC,Trustee
Born and brought up in Vandavasi, Tamilnadu Jothi Vel Moorthy A.C, strongly believes that by creating awareness about protecting the historical monuments and documentations the knowledge of our heritage is handed over to the next generation. His interest towards heritage, ancient architecture prompted him to travel across India to document art forms and historical sites. He holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering and runs his own software consulting firm in Chennai. He is a passionate traveler having extensively traveled across the length and breadth of the country.
Nandha Siva Balan Thiyagarajan, Trustee
Nandha Siva Balan is a Mechanical engineer by qualification, instrumentation engineer by profession working with Western Process Controls in Melbourne, Australia. He's passionate about photography, tamil literature and south indian history, temple architecture and iconography. He's been associated with prastara as an active member and contributor since its inception as an idea. He participates in various field trips providing his moral support and assistance to photo document temples. His key contribution was to have accompanied Prastara team in documenting Pallava cave temples in thondai mandalam in early 2014. He's also been part of students' heritage walks in Tanjore & Mamallapuram.
Rajinikandh Ars, Trustee
He has been keen on working towards social causes from his school days and an active participant in workshops for rural school kids and in various awareness campaigns. He has been actively volunteering in campaigns for the last 4 years on and off the coast in preserving the Tamil nadu coastal stretch which played a major role in introducing various cultures and gave architectural excellence to India.
Rajini is personally moved by the Mahabalipuram Monuments, Temples in Kancheepuram & Tanjore and Forts in Rajasthan. An ardent fan of landscapes and architectures, he started capturing the man made wonders through his lens so that its importance can be reached out to more people.
Born in Pollachi, completed his law degree at Coimbatore and works with Vodafone India as Manager – Legal at Chennai. His strong love for Mother Nature made him scale up various mountains across the country including Himalayas. He runs Marathons and taken up scuba diving recently.
John Anand, Trustee
Born and brought up in Tiruchirappalli. Having grown in a city of significant antiquity and having spent most of childhood times in the archaeologically important town of Uraiyur, had a natural inclination and appreciation towards ancient monuments. Though not literally qualified in history, his interest towards heritage, ancient architecture made him visit many places and naturally started taking efforts in extending a hand towards its conservation and awareness creation.
He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering. By profession he is a computer hardware engineer, working with Dell Inc. His hobbies are photography, hiking and scuba diving. In future, using his Scuba diving expertise, he aspires to explore the coast of Tamilnadu in search for submerged archeologically important monuments. Of course, with a lot of help.