The Urban Mali initiate was innovated and created by Radha Eswar, our mentor in social entrepreneurship. The initiative is managed and run by, Vandana and Sudhakar, both of whom have an avid desire to plant in every little space possible.
Dr. Vandana Krishnamurthy
Vandana has been passionate about trees and plants ever since she was given the extra nudge and encouraged to identify plants by her college professor. She went on to do a Masters in Ecology and a PhD in Botany. Once she was finally done with all the studying and researching, she, like many other scholars was troubled with the question of what to do with all the exhaustive knowledge that she had gathered over the years. She was sure that she wanted to make a difference in the lives and homes of people. Fortunately, she was reunited with Radha, and as luck may have it, one thing led to the other and she helped Radha set-up and run ArtyPlantz. Vandana decided to use her research skills in the real world. Vandana’s passion is to spread plants to every little garden space that is available in the city. She believes that every citizen in the city should be conscious about the need to preserve native plants and biodiversity and convert the city into a “living herbarium”.
Sudhakar is our first and chief Urban Mali. He is our first social entrepreneur “Urban Mali”. Sudhakar is originally from Nelvagale village in Hoskote grama. Just like many rural folks, he moved to the city in search of better job prospects. His rural upbringing gives him great knowledge in working with plants in gardens or farms. He is also very well versed with traditional plants used for medicinal values. Working with different home-gardens has given him the experience of working with vendors, clients, gardeners and the design team. Sudhakar has a number of years of experience in the maintenance of different sized gardens. He has gentle hands and a keen spirit when it comes to the protection and healthy growth of plants.