Venkatesh Onkar

People at CFL

Ashok Biradar

Ashok Biradar obtained a B.Com. from Bangalore University. He currently coordinates administrations and the work of developing the new campus.

Diba Siddiqi

Diba Siddiqi has a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, US and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in rural development with the Urmul Trust in the early 1990s. At CFL she teaches middle school social science, art and photography. She also works on the land.

Gururaj Choudhari

Gururaj Choudhari has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from BITS, Pilani. He has worked for 18 years in the corporate sector designing and developing software applications for earth sciences domain. He teaches Physics to the senior school and science to middle schoolers. He is also enthusiastic about the impact of new and upcoming technologies on learning.

Kamala Mukunda

Kamala Mukunda completed her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Syracuse University and has taught at the undergraduate level for four years. At CFL, she teaches psychology and statistics and is also involved with a range of activities with the juniors and middle schoolers.

Kavya A Biradar

Kavya A Biradar has a bachelor’s degree in education from IGNOU, and an MA from Dharwad University. She teaches languages at CFL. She is interested in the literatures of various languages.

Keerthi Mukunda

Keerthi Mukunda received her Masters in education from the University of Massachusetts and taught for a few years in a public school in Amherst before joining CFL. She has a particular interest in teaching and developing curricula in the areas of  English and social studies.

Nagini Prasad

Nagini Prasad worked in the corporate and non profit sectors before teaching at various unconventional schools. At CFL, she works primarily with the junior and middle school children.



Navneeth Thirumalai

Navneeth has a degree in Molecular Biotechnology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Prior to coming to CFL, he worked in a small educational NGO focusing on ‘school improvement.’ He is primarily interested in working with students of the middle school (grades 5-8) in the area of mathematics, science and social science.

Radhika Chhaparia

Radhika Chhaparia has obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. At CFL, she is presently interested in exploring art, language-learning and math with younger children, and in the library programme.

Rhythm Parikh

Rhythm Parikh has studied English literature and politics during his undergraduate at Nottingham Trent University, and then, went on to study Education at Azim Premji University. At CFL, he is interested in teaching and learning language, literature, social studies, sports and theatre. He is also interested in understanding what learning and creating the right environment for learning means and entails.

Rupa Suresh

Rupa Suresh has a masters degree in human resource and is trained in the Montessori method of teaching young children. She teaches English, mathematics and  craft in the junior and middle school.

Sachin Mishra

Sachin Mishra has a Masters in Energy Engineering. Prior to joining CFL, he has taught engineering. He is involved in teaching sciences at the middle and high school level. He is interested in travelling, natural farming and frisbee.

Sandilya Theuerkauf

Sandilya Theuerkauf After completing his senior school in CFL, he lived for many years at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala. He worked there supporting the sanctuary’s work in the area of conservation and education. At CFL, he works with engaging the students in managing the land, nature observation, vegetable gardening and woodwork.

Shashidhar Jagadeeshan

Shashidhar Jagadeeshan has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University. He has taught mathematics to students from middle school to undergraduate level.


After working with a design engineer for a few years in a small scale industrial unit in Bengaluru, Therlingappa moved on to work with an NGO. His work at this organisation involved improving the livelihoods of landless farmer communities through sustainable agricultural practices. At CFL, he handles the administration work of the office. He is interested in watching films, plays, reading books on developmental issues, traveling and establishing public relations.

Usha Krishnamoorthy

Usha Krishnamoorthy has an undergraduate degree in Statistics from Lady Shri Ram college, Delhi University  and a Master’s in Business Administration in finance and marketing from IMI, New Delhi. She has worked for 18 years in the hydrocarbon exploration sector in the fields of data management, software engineering & marketing. She is interested in the area of mathematics and exploring the use of technology in developing logical reasoning and analytical skills.


Venkatesh Onkar

Venkatesh Onkar

Venkatesh Onkar has an MA in English literature. At CFL, he teaches history and sociology.