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The 14th CavinKare ABILITY Awards 2016

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall 
Harrington Road, Chennai

Mr Arun Jain, Chairman & MD, Intellect Design Arena Ltd
Mr Mani Ratnam, Film Maker
Dr. Mariazeena Johnson, Director, Sathyabama University
Mr Rajiv Lochan, MD & CEO Kasturi & Sons (The Hindu Group)
Mr Santosh Radhakrishnan, Head, Corporate Business ,Tamilnadu and Kerala, Dainik Bhaskar Group.
Mr G. Venket Ram, Fashion Photographer

The Awardees

K R Raja

CavinKare ABILITY Award for Eminence:

K R RAJA Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
K R Raja who became disabled due to polio, has found an unusual calling in life. His organization Global Network for Equality works to support the children of prisoners serving their time as life prisoners for homicide against their spouses. He believes that such children are left with no childhood to speak of, and therefore there is an imperative need for them to receive educational and all other support from society.

The CavinKare ABILITY Mastery Awards:

JUSTIN JESUDAS Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Justin has a spinal cord injury right from his neck downwards, as a result of a road accident in 2009. In a surprisingly short time, he has risen to become a star on the international swimming circuit, and ranked among the top 20 at the IPC World Swimming Championship in Glasgow in 2015. That he juggles the rigorous training of competitive swimming with a full time job with an IT major is a tribute to his zest, zeal and determination.

ANJAN SATHEESH Ernakulam, Kerala

Anjan is the youngest member of the Kerala Cartoon Academy and an art and computer science teacher at the Adarsh School. Given that he has cerebral palsy along with speech & hearing disability, his achievements are the result of his innate abilities and hard work, as well as tremendous family support.


Ankur has several championships on the international front to his credit, winning medals for track and field athletics, as well as being a high achiever on the academic front at St. Stephen's College, New Delhi. Not one to allow blindness to come in the way of achievements, his list of accomplishments include gold medals at the World Youth Championships, Colorado, USA, the Open Championship, Malaysia, and a host of national meets. He has recently qualified for the Rio Paralympics to be held in August this year and hopes to bring home more laurels and do his country proud.

CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award:

Maj. H P S Ahluwalia became a national hero from the moment he scaled Mt. Everest in 1965. Just three months later, a bullet injury during the Indo-Pak conflict rendered him a tetraplegic. While lesser men would have faltered and dithered, Major Ahluwalia rose like a phoenix to create a state-of-art, one-stop destination for all victims of spinal injury, and established the The Indian Spinal Injury Centre that offers all required necessities in style.

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