Udaya Kumar (designer)

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Udaya Kumar
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Born (1978-10-10) 10 October 1978 (age 36)
Chennai, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater IDC, IIT Bombay (PhD)
IDC, IIT Bombay (MDes)
Anna University (SAP, Chennai) (B.Arch.)
Occupation Assistant professor, IIT Guwahati
Known for The designer of the Indian rupee sign (2010)
The rupee symbol

Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam (Tamil: உதய குமார் தருமலிங்கம் utaya kumār tarumaliṅkam), born 10 October 1978 in Kallakurichi,[1] is the designer of the Indian rupee sign.[2] His design was selected from among five short listed symbols.[3] According to Kumar the design is based on the Indian tricolour.

He is an assistant professor at IIT Guwahati.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kumar is son of N. Dharmalingam, a former DMK MLA.


Kumar obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture (B.Arch) from the School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) at Anna University, Chennai in 2001. Subsequently he received his master's degree, an MDes in Visual Communication, from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of IIT Bombay in 2003. He also did his doctoral studies at the IDC, receiving his PhD in 2010.


His areas of interest include graphic design, typography, type design and design research with special focus on Tamil typography (the subject of his doctoral research).

He has also designed a Tamil font named "Parashakti" as a mini project at the IDC, under the guidance of Prof. G. V. Sreekumar. During his MDes project he wrote and designed a book on Tamil typography, which is the first attempt at bringing such a subject to a Tamil audience. In this book Kumar also created new Tamil terminology for many typographic terms where English words were used.[5]

He also provided guidance for the designing of the official mascot for the 49th Inter IIT Sports Meet, Bhaiti.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni approved the new Indian currency rupee symbol design conceptualized by Kumar on July 15, 2010. Kumar was awarded prize money of 250,000 for his efforts.


  1. ^ "I hit upon representative Devanagari, says winner". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 16 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Rupee gets a new symbol. Moneycontrol.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-19.
  3. ^ "Final Selection for the Symbol for Indian Rupee – List of Five Entries: Ministry of Finance, Government of India". Finmin.nic.in. Retrieved 2010-07-30. [dead link]
  4. ^ Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. Iitg.ernet.in (17 May 2011). Retrieved on 2011-11-19.
  5. ^ "D. Udaya Kumar". IIT Mumbai. 

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