“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
Soundararajan SaranganSarangan, holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Pune University. Quite early on in his life, he set out to carve a niche of his own. After completing Engineering, he chose to start his career with teaching Computer architecture at MIT Pune. ‘In his journey of over 2 decades in the IT industry”he has taken on challenging roles in Tata Elxsi and Silicon Graphics Inc. Currently he is working at Accenture.
Sarangan is a good swimmer and has always had a flair for sports. He has represented his college in cricket and football. He aspires to work with children with special needs by introducing them to play using hydrotherapy and swimming. Sarangan is also passionate about cooking ,exploring his culinary skills and presently star gazing. He has always challenged traditional methodologies when it comes to schooling and teaching. Sarangan attributes his life experiences to be his best teacher.
Sarangan is married to Gitanjali and has two children Divya and Vikruti.
Sameet Jeppu KumarA native of Mangalore, Karnataka but having grown up in Hyderabad and stayed subsequently in Suratkal, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore, Sameet is quite willing to call any of these places home. He can speak in 5 languages (English, Tulu, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu) but is comfortable only in English for written communication.
Sameet completed his graduation (B.E E&E from KREC Suratkal) in 1996 and has been working in the IT industry ever since. He currently employed by NCR Corporation as a Development Manager and is based out of Bangalore.
Sameet is an voracious reader of English literature and enjoys reading a wide variety of subjects. He enjoys most kinds of arts such as music, dance, drawing (particularly sketching) and modelling. He is also a nature lover and enjoys going on long walks/hikes/jogs.
Sameet is married to Soumya and has two children (Savitri and Pramith)
Sumathi RamjeeSumathi Ramjee is an Arts Based Therapy Practitioner and an ABT guide for South India. She is the Joint Managing Trustee at Snehadhara Foundation. Sumathi has been the recipient of Pearson Teaching award for Outstanding Contribution to Special Needs children in the year 2012-2013 and Pearson Special Jury Award in the year 2012-2013. She has presented a poster on “Crossing Sensory Boundaries using Arts” at the South Asia International Autism Conference 2015, Delhi.
Sumathi is a First Class B. Tech in Electronics from Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai. After working as an assistant director with the Institute for Design and electrical measuring instruments, Mumbai, her field diverged and she acquired a Certificate in Guidance and counselling from Christ College, Bangalore. Thereafter followed a certificate in Learning Disabilities, a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Teaching and a Certificate course on Arts Based Therapy from WCCLF, Pune.
Thereon Sumathi practised Special education, language therapy and ABT at Deepika, Snehadhara, Bubbles Centre for Autism and ASHA in Bangalore. Her domains of specialisation include Children with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Behavioural problems, Developmental Disabilities, Slow learners. She has been the creative director for ASHA school annual day for the last 8 years.
Sumathi has trained facilitators during courses on “Inclusive Education”, “Learning Disabilities” and “Care givers”, conducted Summer Camps for Mainstream children and has been an ABT Guide to ABT Certificate students. She has led workshops in Teaching Aids, Creative Teaching, Teaching Methodologies, Stress Management, Process of Counselling, Personal Development, Memory techniques and Study skills, Learning Difficulties, Multisensory Teaching techniques, Multiple Intelligence, Differentiated Instruction, Fun ways of teaching Maths and Social Science.
Mahalakshmi ParthasarathyMahalakshmi is an Environmentalist, with an in-depth Knowledge in the biological sciences; understanding of issues and work experience in a number of areas related to health, science & technology and environment & development. She has been with the social development sector for almost two decades, has organic associations with numerous grassroots groups, NGO’s, CBO’s, RWA’S across the country. She has effectively lead teams, organised civil society to form them into effective collaborative networks of communities to seek social justice and effective advocacy of their concerns. Mahalakshmi has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Msc (Environmental Sciences) – 1995 – First class First- Shivaji University, Kolhapur and Bsc. Hons (Microbiology) – 1993.
She is Current Honorary Secretary Citizens’ Action Forum, Bangalore, Snehadhara Foundation, Founder Member, Headstreams, Founder Member, First President and Founder member, Bangalore Resident Association Confederation Ensemble (BRACE), Strategic Advisor, People for Animals (PFA)(2010 – 2013), Environmental Awareness Specialist, and NGO Representative in Grievance Redressal Committee of RV college of Engineering.
She has been involved in research and production coordination in the making of two documentaries through Kabooka Research and Documentaries Pvt. Ltd, from 2001 – 2006 a) Faces of Kudremukh b) The Curse of Talakad on matters of environmental justice.
Sharath JeppuSharath Jeppu is a Information Technology Professional employed currently with Shell and is based in Bangalore. Prior to joining Shell, Sharath worked with Infosys, Wipro, and Sify. Sharath’s primary expertise lies in the domain of Information Security though he is currently playing the role of a Cloud Specialist. He is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification with an experience spanning over 23 years.
Sharath is passionate about environment as well as deeply concerned about the impact of current generation’s ignorance and apathy on the coming generations. Always known for questioning accepted norms, he does not hesitate to air his views or take a stance for what he believes. He is currently investing in a new community farming initiative with a bunch of like minded people and plans to live in the farm eventually.
Apart from being a self proclaimed technology buff, Sharath is also a photography enthusiast and would often be found carrying his camera at every opportunity presented.
Sharath is married to Deepa Alex and has two children Deesha and Aryaan.
Harish GopalanHarish Gopalan holds a Masters in Software Systems. He is working in a Multi National Organization based out of Bangalore. He has over 18+ years of Industry Experience in various Verticals. Work has taken him to all the states in India except J&K.
Harish believes that he is really blessed to be born in a country like this where dharma is understood in spirit. Along with likeminded people, he strives to make the society a better place to live. Harish also believes that all the places you visit and people you meet reinforce the fundamental concept of Humanity.
Harish usually plays chess to de-stress and enjoys going on long drives with family. His wife is a carnatic classical musician and he has two sons ages 9 & 4.Like a billion other hearts ,his heart too beats for Sachin Tendulkar.
Harish believes in a simple phrase – You cannot get happiness always but you can always give happiness !!
Umesh PrabhuA Computer Engineer from REC Surat, Gujarat.Umesh was born and brought up in Mumbai. He has been in the IT field for 15yrs. Currently he is working with Mindtree Ltd as a Technical Manager. Umesh enjoys going for treks and feels connected when he is in nature. He enjoys listening to instrumental music. Keeping the need for learning alive, Umesh is presently learning mridangam.
Umesh has volunteered working with special children/adults and clearly feels that the positive energy that surrounds them is healing. He believes that these children help us look at our lives differently and also teach us to value what we have. He attributes these experiences as his main motivation to be associated with this cause.
Umesh is married to Sandhya, an Anaesthesist by profession. He is a parent of two sweet daughters, Anagha and Anwita.