Soman has been assisting Uravu and Uravu Eco Links for the past ten years. He and his team work in the area of bamboo cutting. Soman has a vast experience and knows all about the characteristics of bamboo as well as its availability in various places in Kerala. Soman’s traditional knowledge of bamboo and the biodiversity of Wayanad is a tremendous support for the project.

Lenin C. P.

Lenin is working as a designer and artist for Uravu since 2003. For the Bamboo Grove project he designs lamps and is involved in the lighting concept. In the past years Lenin has designed various craft products such as lampshades and desktop items for Uravu. He also works on sculptures in bamboo, stone and terracotta, besides murals and paintings. He has trained craftsmen in various workshops and training programmes throughout Kerala and India. Lenin also does freelance art works for resorts and residences.

Rakesh P.K.

Rakesh comes from a traditional craftsman family that worked with temple constructions for many generations. He learned carpentry works from his father and joined Uravu in 2002. Working with Uravu he has undergone various training workshops conducted by IIT Bombay, National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, and courses by reputed designers. He is currently working as one of Uravu’s designers and craftsmen. Rakesh is also a trainer for craft workshops conducted by Uravu. He has given training in bamboo craft to more than 30 groups. He has developed various prototypes and products such as ‘The Book of Spices’, bamboo solar lamps and lampshades. Now he specialises on bamboo furniture and works closely with the Uravu Eco Links team. He is part of the furniture design team for the Bamboo Grove project.


U.N. Ravi Kumar

Ravi is responsible for the water and wastewater management system of the Uravu Bamboo Grove project. He is specialised in technology and society interface, work with special reference to development of appropriate technology interventions, sustainable development practices and rural development. Ravi is also involved in translating field research into teaching applications for the training of technologists. He has done pioneering work regarding rainwater harvesting, sustainable sanitation, grey water recycling, wetland conservation, bio-resources, renewable energy systems and environmental education. Ravi was trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of Mysore. He has taught basic engineering for 26 years as a professor and established and managed the Centre for Appropriate Rural Technologies (CART) at the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore for 16 years as its Director till his voluntary retirement in 2008. He received the following awards: Rotary Mysore North – S. Govindraj Best Engineer Award 2007, Lions Club Mysore South – Best Engineer 2004, Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) – Independence Day Honour 2002 for Service in the Cause of Environment, and the Rotary Vijaya Vocational Award 1996.

Shyam Kumar

Shyam Kumar is the Technical Director and Head of R&D in Renewable Energy at Innovation Experience Kerala. He is also the Technical Consultant for the Eco-Tourism Thenmala. Shyam has worked in various automobile and mechanical firms. He has worked in many Govt. research projects with DSIR and KSCSTE. His main achievements include a patent pending design for a solar peak load minimiser system, patent pending design for a chain-less pedal operated wet grinder, development of pedal operated water pump, juicer, automatic solar powered irrigation systems, solar boats, first solar bumber boat in india, solar powered bicycle, Low energy solar signage, biodegradable solar lamps etc. With NABARD funding, he developed a model eco-farm which consists of a PET bottle island, wind powered pumps, hydroponic cultivation, solar yard lights etc. He built and demonstrated a PET bottle rainwater harvester and a PET bottle bus shelter at CET, Trivandrum. He designed and constructed an interactive art installation at Technopark, Trivandrum. He designed and built an agricultural farm which use eco friendly technologies and pesticide free techniques to provide vegetables for the Kanthari Campus at Vellayani, Trivandrum. Shyam’s dream is to live in a world fully powered by solar and with waste management systems effectively converting everything including human waste into energy and utilities. Shyam completed his studies from Central Polytechnic, Trivandrum and College of Engineering, Trivandrum.