A third-generation Sthapathi hailing from Thiruvathigai, a small town in Cuddalore District, Kumaragurbaran Sthapathi holds Post Graduate Diploma in Temple Art from Alagappa University, Karaikudi. Government of Tamil Nadu approved him as ‘Sthapathi’ in 2009. Since then he has executed ‘Thiruppani’ in 80 temples, both public and private. He has also been conducting classes on Dravidian Temple Architecture under the aegis of IIT, Madras.
He will be speaking on the restoration and reconstruction work, right from planning to execution, carried out under his guidance at the Thiruvellarai temple with the help of photographs and other aids.