Mysore Project

The Mysore workshop is located outside of the city of Mysore in the Indian State of Karnataka. Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore, home to the Maharaja of Mysore since 1399. The workshop is owned and operated by Pragathi Organization, a non-profit organization that works for the benefit of the marginalized tribal people who live in the remote forests and jungles around Mysore.

Pragathi Organization was founded and now headed by Sharanappa Mutt who has dedicated his life to serve the tribal people. As a young man, Sharanappa lived in the forest for three months to gain the trust of these native people and to learn first-hand what hardships they endure everyday just to exist. For the past 30 years he has established an orphanage for the tribal children and provided for their education and health needs and built simple housing to replace the mud and bamboo shelters in the forest.

Sharanappa began the workshop after taking a training course in Kolar in September of 2011 on how to manufacture and distribute the BioSand filters presented by The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) based in Canada. He has manufactured and installed more than 1,200 filters to date.



   The Maharaja’s Palace in Mysore.                                                           Kolar Training, Sharanappa is in the Purple Shirt.



The Orphans of Pragathi Organization                                               Tribal Family with their BioSand Water Filter.                 Welcoming us with Dance. 



Community of Villagers is Taught Basic                       Typical Highly Contaminated Water Source                       Water Hygiene and Sanitation.                                                          in the Mysore Forest.