Profile of D Udaya Kumar Designer of New Rupee Symbol India

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Dharmalingam Udaya Kumar, a native of Chennai, is richer by 2.5lakhs, thanks to his award-winning design for the Indian rupee symbol. The IIT alumni's winning design was selected amongst 25,000+ entries for the nationwide contest which began in March 2009. IITs are considered to be brainy geeks, but D Udaya Kumar does not always have his eyes glued to voluminous tomes or fidgeting with unusual design gadgets. He loves nature, often planting and tending saplings and does find time for sports too. Besides designing interiors, D Udaya Kumar likes to design jewllery and accessories from bits of junk.

Read on to know more about D Udaya Kumar, scholar and design maestro...

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D Udaya Kumar Education Profile

After completing his school and first two college years at LaChatelaine Residential Junior College, Chennai, South India, D Udaya Kumar earned a
B. Arch degree from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai. He then proceeded to do his post-graduation from IIT Mumbai, where he got his M. Des. Degree from the Industrial Design Centre (Visual Communication) in 2003.

At school, D Udaya Kumar was good in academics as well as sports, being appointed as a House Captain in 1996. He won the Best Behavior Student Award not once, but thrice! Skilled at drawing, he also won the Proficiency in Art Award twice. Continuing his sporting achievements at Anna University, D Udaya Kumar was selected as the Best Incoming Sportsman of the Year '96-'97 and was the captain of the winning Volleyball team in an intra-college competition of the University. His superb administrative abilities in organizing sports and cultural events saw him being appointed as the Sports Secretary, Student's Council, School of Architecture & Planning, Anna University. It was no surprise when he went on to become the President of the Student's Council too!

Heading to Mumbai, to study for his M.Des. degree at IIT Mumbai, D Udaya Kumar continued to be active in organising numerous sports events as well as events at the IIT annual festival. He was honoured with the Person of the Year (Organization) award for 2006-2007.

D Udaya Kumar Professional Career

D Udaya Kumar is a registered Architect under Council of Architecture, India. He started his career as a trainee architect when pursuing his graduation, at Sakthivel Associates, Chennai. He was assigned work on various housing projects. He then did his post-graduation summer internship at Tata Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. (today it is Infomedia India Pvt. Ltd.), Mumbai. It was here that he got first-hand training on how to design printed matter for brochures, banners, and other publicity-related work. He duly impressed the seniors of the company with his adept skills at designing, was later appointed as Senior Designer and eventually promoted to head the design team.

D Udaya Kumar Personal Life

As is obvious from the information given above D Udaya Kumar has a fascination with designing. However, this fascination is not limited merely to designing general brochures, hoardings, and the like. He has an equally keen interest in typefaces and symbols, fonts and manuscripts. Recently he completed his PhD on Tamil Typography at IDC, IIT Bombay under the guidance of Prof. G.V.Sreekumar. His love of symbols led him to painstakingly design a tamil font named Parashakti as part of a project. As he said in an interview with Economic Times, "I find our symbols have a very heavy western influence. I will do more work on Indian scripts."

If you visit D Udaya Kumar, you are likely to get a fine dining experience – yes, he is one of those men who can't resist whipping up a meal in the kitchen! And what would be an ideal gift for him when you visit? A bottle of fragrance or something aromatic!

That visit, though, will surely need an advanced appointment, as D. Udaya Kumar has just become famous and will obviously be giving numerous interviews. By the way, if you do wish to meet him, you have to go to the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati as he has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Design.



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