Learn about our Earth hand building Team

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed” – Gandhi

Biju Bhaskar

Biju Bhaskar

Founder

His roots were from a traditional farmer’s family. He stopped his studies from a conventional architecture college and travelled extensively in different parts of Indian villages. After quitting his college one and a half year worked under a tribal master making driftwood sculptures in Khajuraho. In his journey he met and worked with master sculptors, painters, spiritual teachers, and photographers to uplift his knowledge in making shelters. In 2009 he was granted a degree in architecture from Indian Institute of Architecture. Same year he submitted himself to nature and started living under the foot hills of Arunachala. He founded Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes in 2011 and continuing his journey in self-study and earthen shelter.

Sindhu Bhaskar

Sindhu Bhaskar

Co-Founder

initially worked with organic clothing, plants and animals together Co-Founding Thannal Hand Sculpted Home with Biju in 2011. She is totally involved with most of the activities in Thannal including soft furnishing, handmade accessories, plants & herbs and continuing her experiments in natural finishes. She is from a village near Western Ghats, north part of Kerala and has been living in Tiruvannamalai since 2010.

Adhya and Bodhi vriksha

Adhya and Bodhi vriksha

Little coordinators

Vriksha means ‘Tree’ and Adhya means ‘First’. Both Vriksha’s are keen helpers in making of Thannal Homes. With friends in nearby alternative school they help the mountain by planting seeds and help Thannal by keeping mud.

Sriraman Gouthaman

Sriraman Gouthaman

Admin & Seed collector

After doing his studies in Bioinformatics and long year researches as a computer scientist he took a decision on 2014 to ditching city life and start living under the foot hills of Arunacala. After many discussions with Biju Bhaskar he slowly started analyzing and organizing Thannal, by doing a server space in the beginning and co-coordinating workshops. Next step was to collecting natural building books to do a natural building library in this village. As Thannal is more towards research and documentation with Biju he started improving the tools in natural building. Presently working in an area with Biju for self-sustaining solution for Thannal and other Thannalates by doing Earth Station, a platform where natural builders can work as an artist rather than an architect for clients. Other areas both of them continuing their journeys are Thannal Natural Building School and Alternative renewable energy solutions using elements.

Narayana Swami

Narayana Swami

Master Roof Thatcher

A professional thatcher from a village in Tiruvannamalai. He started his carrier in thatching when he was very young. His hand has touched almost all the thatched roof of Thannal Homes. When he understood about the fading thatched shelters in south India, he started dedicating most of his time in Thannal and started experimenting with us in different types of thatch roof like Palm, Reeds, Coconut leaf etc in different dimensions

Chandran

Chandran

Master Stonemason

We found him in a village journey working alone in his free time for months in a wattle and daub wall for a small tea shop. That shop was demolished by the land owner before completion. His small house in Vadalur village has around 20 houses, most of them made out of wattle and daub including his own house. Almost all this village people in that area are working for others in non-natural conventional homes. We invited Chandran firstly to do Biju’s home (Thannal home for Thannal workers) with wattle and daub walls. Presently he is a main part of us and continuing his journey with Thannal.