Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota
Shilpa, co-founder of UFP, is a 1st generation city-dweller who identifies herself strongly to her ancestral roots. She has spent several years working in the hinterlands of Karnataka, documenting agrarian lifestyles and cultural-politics, as a filmmaker. She has worked in theatre as an actor, vocalist and administrator. Her artistic research is motivated by the search for counter narratives, conscious of class and caste dynamics. Her main study is the human voice, which she uses as a lenses to understand and fight hierarchies in society. Shilpa is the Creative genius behind UFP and can be found strumming her ‘Shruti’, telling stories and conducting regular sessions at Cubbon Park.
Adithya, co-founder of UFP, is a travel, outdoor and motor enthusiast who has spent the last 3 years travelling the less beaten path around Karnataka. Being a 3rd generation city-dweller, he has undertaken this journey to question his urban aesthetics and sensibilities. He is also a percussion enthusiast and has been playing the ‘Chowdki’ and ‘Taala’ for over a year now. He can be seen playing these instruments alongside Shilpa during their performances. In the past, he has worked in one of the Big 4 accounting firms and as a project manager in an Internet of Things (IoT) start-up. At UFP he is involved with the operational, research and documentation activities.
Asim is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Azim Premji University Bangalore. As a teacher, researcher and socio-cultural worker, he works towards issues of cultural and ecological justice by drawing upon various philosophical traditions from India and outside, in terms of both intellectual and embodied practices. Outside University, he does dramaturgy, consultancy and experiential education workshops for various art and developmental organizations. In his previous avatar, he has worked with NGOs and technology start-ups, along with getting an undergraduate degree from IIT Delhi. He is our in-house Advisor and Research Head.
Poornima works at Samvada, an organisation that has been working towards sensitizing, empowering and mobilizing youth for social change through various learning interventions. With a masters in Women Studies from TISS, Mumbai, her interests lie in research on gender, culture, sexuality, development and history. Equipped with some academic training and exposure to experimental, participatory and creative pedagogies at Samvada, she hopes to contribute to the imagination of knowledge as a project of social change. The need to recognise folk knowledge systems and its role in social change is what brought her to UFP. When not at work you’ll often find her strumming the ukulele or experimenting with writing and photography. Her curiosity for the performing arts has led her to take up the ‘chowdki’ and other instruments as part of UFP’s work. She handles UFPs content and is closely involved in the research activities.
Adithya is an entrepreneur, artist and sustainability geek. His interests lie in understanding how people, technology, economics, society, culture and state interact and co-evolve. What first brought him to UFP was the songs and beautiful cubbon park mornings full of music. He stays in hopes to learn and be slightly less clueless about the world we inhabit. He has worked in the software industry for a decade and in deeply involved in the movement for sustainable agriculture through his participation in social enterprises such as Kaulige Foods (of which he is a co-founder), Earth360 and MMT. During weekends, Adithya loves to draw and can be found at quiet corners of Bangalore drawing in his sketchbook. You can find his blog at adithyab.in. At UFP, he handles design and website developmnent.