Ajit and Selvi Sarkar, French citizens and natives of Puducherry, were educated at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Puducherry. From 1968 they were involved in educational research and training at INSEP in Paris. At the same time, they founded and managed an Indian Cultural Centre, Soleil d’Or, for 30 years.
Convinced that only education can help a child exit poverty and gain autonomy, they launched the Vellai Thamarai project in Puducherry in 2006.
Selvi Sarkar taught sciences in Puducherry while learning classical Indian dance and singing. At INSEP in Paris, she participates in research on the effects of physical education, dance and yoga on mentally handicapped persons.
In 2006, Ajit and Selvi Sarkar launched Vellai Thamarai in Puducherry — a project they had dreamed about for a long time. They provided for initial funding, and now ensure on-the-spot operational management.
For all those who know them, Ajit and Selvi Sakar’s lives are characterized by creativity, committment, determination, energy in action, generosity and enthusiasm to pass on their knowledge and values.