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Motivation programme for students

V. Nandhakumar (IRS, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax) interacted with slum school students residing in Kalnaar Nagar, Saidapet in a motivation program organized by Daasya (an NGO, 12th Avenue, Ashok Nagar. Ph: 99406 38972) on 18th May 2014.He started his session with by introducing himself Nandhakumar who is a school dropouts due to health problem, later finished is school education as a private candidate. He worked in mechanic shop, tea shops and even sold lottery tickets for daily bread. Nandhakumar joined B. A. Literature course at the Dr. Ambedkar Arts and Science College and through the friend’s guidance prepared for UPSC examination.

IRS interacted with slum childrenHe emerged all India 1st rank in 2004 batch. He was invited for tea party of Dr. Abdul Kalam (then president of India) and Barack Obama (President, United States of America) for his achievement in UPSC examination from the poor family background. Nandhakumar is presenting motivation sessions in schools, colleges and other education institutions and corporate companies. He also interacted with government and corporation schools in a motivation session program organized by P. Raman (President, Daasya) in various part of Tamil Nadu.

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Seminar on Access’ by eminent personalities

Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (Chennai Chapter) will organized ‘Seminar on Access’ by eminent personalities at 5.30 p.m on Wednesday, May 28 at Ramanujam Auditorium, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, CIT Campus, Tharamani on the occasion of World Multi Sclerosis day. Neeradha  Chandramohan (Director, National Institute for Employment of People with Multiple Disabilities)  will be the chief guest and Saindhavi Prakash (Singer) will be the guest of honour. Following are the speakers who would speak on  the theme “Access”:Neeradha Chandramohan (Director, National Institute for Employment of People with Multiple Disabilities) on ‘Rehabilitation’.

Sadhana Somasekhar (JMD, Future Focus Infotech Pvt. Ltd & Chairperson, Nasscom D&I Core Group) on ‘Employment’.Dr. S. Prakash (Executive Director-Star Health Insurance) on ‘Insurance’.  Prof. V. S. Sunder (Senior Professor – The Institute of Mathematical sciences) on ‘Education’.  Babu Rajendran (Deputy General Manager – Chennai Metro Rail) on ‘Transport’.  Ananda Jothi (Chairman & Director – Sri Sugam Physiotherapy Institute) on ‘Sports for the Disabled’ Kavitha (Joint Director –Commission for  the  Welfare of the Differently Abled – Tamil Nadu Government) on ‘Welfare Schemes”  All are welcome. For details contact 6624 0358 / 98843 14021 or visit the website www.mssocietyindia.org

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Useful paper covers made by Karuna Sagar inmates

Inmates of Karuna Sagar (a palliative care and terminal ill patients unit in Maduravoyal run by RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust, 13, Raghavaiah Road, T. Nagar, are doing paper covers which are used in pharmacy and stationary shops. Dr. Meenakshi (Consultant, Palliative care) taken the initiative to divert the inmates minds from their hardship life by making paper covers. She said that inmates are bedridden and terminally ill patients with chronic pain.

Inmates of Karuna SagarNow, they are engaging themselves making paper covers for the temporary relief of hardship and feel active while doing works. Dr. Meenakshi said that nearby pharmacy shops buy the paper covers to motivate the inmates. Dr. Republica Sridhar (Founder, RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust) said that following the interest shown by the inmates, there is plan to implement handicrafts of works. She appeals to volunteers may interact with inmates and feel them happy for while. For details contact 93810 16588.

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Educational assistance for students

Alaya Kainkarya Sath Sangam (Flat 4, Subhiksham, 8, Bank of India Colony, Ashok Nagar, appeals for educational assistance to pay the school and college fee for the poor students. K. R. Gopalakrishnan (Founder) said that they received this year education support for paying fee this year Rs.4.5 lakhs among that Rs.2 lakhs received from their members, friends and relatives. They appealed for education support for remaining students, he added.He said that in 2013,Sath Sangam has extended assistance to poor students educational financial assistance for about 10 studetns to the tune of Rs.1.60 lakhs. Marriage Assistance to the poor brides for 3 people we have extend around Rs.1.25 lakhs.

Appeal for education assitanceThe Sath Sangam also extended financial help towards the major eye surgery (both eyes) to Sri S Ramesh of Ashok nagar to the tune of Rs.55,000/-. He said that in 2009, sath sangam adopted and renovated Sri Visalakshi Ambal Sametha Sri Viswanatheeswarar Temple at Kalpoondi Village, Arni Taluk, Tiruvannamalai District is a ancient and 500 years old heritage temple. About 500 years ago people from this kalpoondi village went to Kasi and brought a Lingam in the shape of Salagramam and installed at kalpoondi village named as Sri Viswanatheeswarar and Ambal Sri Visalakshi. This temple situated on the banks of Kamandala Naga River which starts from Padavedu hills and running via kalpoondi village and join with the Cheyyar river.  Kanchi Poojiya Sri Paramacharya Swamigal during his Pada Yatra Via Arni visited this Kalpoondi Village and many time his holiness performed Pooja and Abhishegam to the Moolavar Swamy Sri Viswanatheeswarar. His Holiness had Holy dip at Kamandala Naga River and maintained his Nithya Anustanam.

The alaya kainkarya sath sangam  is conducting the temple festivals and nithya pooja. the sath sangam also doing the educational and medical camps in this village many times. The health awareness program has been conducted by eminent doctors.Those who are interested for education assistance may contact K. R. Gopalakrishnan in phone (95437 15552), K. V. Thyagarajan (94449 61152) and R.Srinivasan (93846 66661). For more information contact 2371 5585 9543715552, 9444272190.

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GRT Jewellers handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 crore to Sankara Nethralaya

GRT Jewellers Handover the Cheque Rs. 1 crore to Sankara NethralayaChennai-based GRT Jewellers handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 crore to Sankara Nethralaya, the legendary healthcare institution renowned for eye care both in India and around the world. This contribution by GRT Jewellers, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic jewellery brand, will go to the creation of a part of the annexe already under construction on the Pycrofts Garden Road, Nungambakkam. The cheque was handed over by GRT Jewellers Managing Directors Mr G R Ananthapadmanabhan and Mr G R Radhakrishnan in the presence of Mr G Rajendran, Founder – Chairman, GRT Jewellers. Mr G Rajendran, Founder – Chairman, GRT Jewellers, declared that it was a privilege to be associated with an inspiring institution as Sankara Nethralaya.

“Day after day, thousands of people flock to Sankara Nethralaya, in the hope of resolving their eye problems whatever they may be. GRT Jewellers shares several common values with Sankara Nethralaya, particularly in corporate social responsibility, which is the reason behind of contribution to the raising of a floor on the new annexe under construction. We do hope there would be more such occasions of association with service-oriented institutions such as Sankara Nethralaya” stated Mr Rajendran. Padma Bhushan awardee Dr S S Badrinath, Founder, Sankara Nethralaya stated that the institution has remained the hope of several of vision-affected people of India. The contribution of GRT Jewellers will go to the creation of a whole new floor in the new construction and that more and more patients will benefit from the expansion of the institution” observed Dr Badrinath.

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Special Honour for Flute Maestro Shashank!!

Meet Flute Maestro Shashank. He was honoured by the Mayor of Shelby County Government Mark H. Lutetrell, JR. with the proclamation of the city award on May 18, 2014.A Grammy nominated exponent of the Bamboo Flute, Shashank stormed into the music world at the age of six in 1984. He was the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, which is a record yet to be broken in the history of South Indian Music.

Shashank-  Know yr neighbr 1Now with over 25 years of a successful career in the field of Indian Classical Music, Shashank’s landmark concerts include Rashtrapathi Bhavan (The President’s Palace at New Delhi) in 1992, Skopje Jazz Festival – Macedonia, The Smithsonian, Kennedy Center and National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. He had also performed at World Music Institute – New York, Asian Art Museum – San Francisco, Xebec Hall and Across Fukuoka in Kobe and Fukuoka, Japan, Hong Kong Museum of Art – Hong Kong, World Flute Conference – Nashville, Dover Lane Music festival – Calcutta, India Music Group – Bombay, The Lowry in Manchester-UK, The Adelaide Festival- Australia and a host of other prestigious institutions across the world. Trained by father Subramanyam and vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, he is presently considered one of the best Bamboo Flute artists. Shashank often collaborates with many legendary musicians from India and around the world. His logic-defying virtuosity is the result of a magical innate talent coupled with the best possible training. Shashank has propelled the Bamboo flute into an enviable position by his playing techniques of which the multi flute transposed fingering technique” and the dual octave production have won him world acclaim.
Shashank is one of the youngest recipient of the “A Top” ranking in the All India Radio and TV. A recipient of the “Kalaimamani” from the Tamil Nadu Govt, “Kuzhal Arasar” from the prestigious Kellogg School of Management, North Western University, Chicago and the prestigious Grammy Nomination for the year 2009, Shashank has over 60 CDs and several DVDs to his credit. Shashank has enthralled audiences in India, USA, Canada, Macedonia, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, The Middle East, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea.

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City Bee

Saliyar Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held at 11am on 25th May 2014 at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, behind Vinayagar Temple) Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087.

Learn Photography
Konica Colour Lab and Studio at Nungambakkam conducts photography workshops at its training center on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm. For details contact Konica Colour Lab and Studio, No-24 and 25, Sivaganga Road, off Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai or call 42909898.

Art Course
S.C.S.Kothari Academy for Women, is conducting workshops on painting, paper art, glass painting, diya decorations for women and kids from 5th May 2014 onwards from 10am onwards. S.C.S.Kothari Academy for Women functions at No-17, Venkatapathi Street, Kilpauk. For details call 26460820.

Dance workshop
A 10 day workshop will be conducted by eAmbalam for Bharatanatyam dancers till 30th June2014 at Kalakshetra Colony,Besant Nagar. The workshop is on fitness, yoga, compositions, Carnatic vocal and nattuvangam sessions. For details call 43016555.

Tasty Veg Gravies
A one day training programme on ‘Preparation of Vegetarian Gravies’ will be conducted at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Information and Training Centre (TNAU I&TC) on Thursday, 29.05.2014. The venue is New No.U-30,10th Street, Anna Nagar, Chennai-40 from 9.30am onwards. Interested persons can contact 044 -2626 3484.

Painting Exhibition
A painting exhibition by professional talented artist K.Venkataramana is on at “La Galerie D’Expression,” at Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore till 31st May 2014. For details contact 98403 13521.

Affordable art show
Annual Affordable Art Show 2014 of Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery is on till June 30. For more details visit Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No.21/11, C.I.T. Colony, 1st Main Road, Mylapore and call 24982515, 32533655.

Carnatic Concert
A Carnatic music performance by Sandeep Narayan and party organised by Madhuradhwani will take place at Arkay Convention Center, OMS Lakshana,146, R. H. Road, Luz on 27th May at 6.15 p.m. For details contact 24997529.

Wellness programme
Wellbeing Foundation is conducting a wellness programme on meditation, breathing, nutrition and fusion exercises from 26th to 28th May 2014 at Balaji Flats, 2nd Floor, No.1, Seethamma Colony, First Cross, Alwarpet. For details contact 7299094413.

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Test run conducted on Second track

Metro train trial test runs are now regularly conducted along the second line between Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar. The second line has been also electrified. The stretch is part of the CMBT-Alandur-St Thomas Mount elevated section. Chennai Metro Rail officials will monitor the performance of the metro trains on both the tracks.

metro2Several trials will be carried out before the line is opened for public use. The elevated viaduct till Alandur station over Kathipara flyover is also complete. Sources at CMRL further stated that test runs will be extended up to Alandur once track and electrification work are complete. Chennai Metro Rail officials are working to complete the Koyambedu-St Thomas Mount stretch as soon as possible. Metro trains will be the future new generation trains equipped with the latest technology.

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Excellence performance by Vasavi

H. VASAVI STATE III RANK SRP SCHOOL(3RD PHOTO)Jaigopal Garodia Matric Higher Secondary School, Chennai-82, a unit of JGVV Trust got State Third Rank in the S.S.L.C. Public Examinations 2013-14 in the results declared on 23 May 2014. H. Vasavi got a total marks of 497 out of 500 (99.40%). She got centum in 3 subjects, namely Mathematics, Science and Social Science, 98% in Tamil and 99% in English.The school has been achieving cent percent pass continuously for the past 15 years.126 students passed with distinction and the remaining 4 with first class.

There were 56 centums in the school. Shri. Ashok Kediaji, Managing Trustee and Shri Somnathan Trustee congratulated the Principal Smt. Hemamalini, Vasavi the state ranker and all students and staff for the wonderful performance. The management announced full scholarship for vasavi’s education. JGVV Anna Nagar got cent percent pass with 155 distinctions and 3 first classes. The school got a total of 55 centums. Similarly Jaigopal Garodia Group of Schools from all over Chennai and suburbs produced excellent result in X and XII standards.

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Carnatic Music Concert at Apparao Galleries

A vocal Carnatic Music concert by Anahita Ravindran and Apoorva Ravindran was held on 24th May 2014 at Apparao Galleries, No.7, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Both Anahita Ravindran and Apoorva Ravindran, have been making a name for themselves for several years.Their music is a product of very good training under their paternal grandmother, Smt. Shanthi Jayaraman and presently under the tutelage of globally acclaimed musician, composer and director Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran. Anahita Ravindran won several First prizes as also Tanpura Prizes and was adjudged Miss Voice by Carnatica – judged by many eminent musical personalities.

DSC00011Apoorva Ravindran participated in Tanishq Swarna Sangeetham by Raj TV and was adjudged the runner up after rigorous rounds of selection on various parameters. Both of them are recipients of Government t of India scholarship for Carnatic music. While Anahita is also proficient in Playing Chitravina, Apoorva is also a Violinist. Recently they were adjudged the first runner up for Times Thyagaraja Award and released an Audio CD ‘Nalaya Nakshatrangal’.