Our Team

Kalanjiyam team comprises of a group of passionate and dedicated people from all walks of life, working in our villages to those who work with us from a long distance from Chennai, other parts of India or from abroad. Our Board of Trustees consists of men and women who came together to form Kalanjiyam having a like-minded vision for the development of rural communities and to bring about some impact at the population level.


Raja Shanmugathan
Media Professional
Education Consultant.
Shreedhar Rajaram
Tamil Nadu, India
Founder, Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust, Tamilnadu
Kavita Thirumalai
Krishna Bharat
IT Professional, Google.
Vishwanathan Gurunathan
Independent Professional
Nagarajan Ramakrishnan
Prasad Ramanan
IT Professional and Young Entrepreneur.

Village Committee

Kalanjiyam’s Village Committee carries forward and oversees the implementation of all our community development programs. Since our guiding principle was to ensure that any programs of Kalanjiyam be driven by the community, this village committee was formed at the outset, with the idea to develop local leadership and capacity to carry forward development initiatives. Our village committee has men and women, selected from local villages and having their own livelihoods. They are a voluntary team who form the link between Kalanjiyam and the local communities. They were selected based on their social inclination, leadership qualities, commitment to the development of their communities and readiness to dedicate their time voluntarily to implement Kalanjiyam efforts.

Resource Person
V. R. Devika, Managing Trustee, The Aseema Trust, Chennai.
Mr. Velraj, Cinematographer, Chennai.
Mr. Rajan Babu, Advocate, Chennai.
Ms. Latha Maayan, Psychologist, Chennai.
Sugi alias Shanmugasundaram, Architect, Chennai.
Mr. Thaimuthuselvan, Cine Director, Chennai.


Kalanjiyam field staff team comprises of young men and women who were purposefully selected from local villages where Kalanjiyam works. Our intention was to develop a local cadre of young people who could develop themselves through the process of implementation of Kalanjiyam programs, build upon their skills, capacities and leadership abilities and eventually become role models for the local community.

Our field staff members include those who have completed high school (12th standard) and were inclined toward social work and wanting to make a difference in their villages. Our field staff team comprises of a Supervisor, Coordinator, Organizer and other field staff who work in our adopted schools, van drivers, van assistants and a field office watchman.

Mr. C. Selvaperumal.  Accountant
Mr. Arumugam. Auditor

Many of our administrative activities are carried out by a team of professionals who have volunteered their time to Kalanjiyam efforts.  This includes a diverse range of professional who have done writing work, development of our website, to developing audio visual materials for us.

Mr. A.P. Sivanandham, Software Engineer, Chennai.
Mr. P.K. Maayan, Medial professional, Chennai.
Mr. Saranvanan, Book Publishers, Chennai.
Ms. Srinithi Varadarajan, Free lance writer, Madurai.
Ms. Chandni Chellappa, Student, Singapore.
Ms. Aruna Subramaniam, Software Engineer, USA.