Prastara is a Chennai based charitable trust created with an initiative to identify, document, preserve and share the sources of cultural information with special regard to the History and Heritage.

What we do

We at Prastara have been documenting the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of India. A dedicated team has been documenting heritage structures and the different communities &  traditions connected to them. Some of our notable projects include Nagaswaram and Tavil Traditions of South India, Kumbakonam Revisited, Cave Temples of South India, etc.

The outreach programmes at Prastara primarily focus on educating people on the history and heritage of India. We have been regularly conducting lectures, workshops, field trips, clean-up drives of rivers, lakes & heritage monuments, etc., for school and college students; and heritage walks for the general public from different varied backgrounds.

The public events organized by Prastara include lectures, lecture demonstrations, concerts, conferences, annual heritage marathon, etc.

Latest from Us


From fundraising to heritage walks, and lectures to documentation, a look at a few of our recent initiatives.

Mallari - A Conversation

A digital conversation on Mallari between Idumbavanam V. Prakash Ilayaraja (Nadaswaram Vidwan), Partha Saarathy K (Mridangam & Nattuvangam Artiste), and

S Jayakumar (Musician & Researcher, Founder of Prastara) that was held in January 2021.

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