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

Mariazeena Johnson, Pro chancellor, Sathyabama Institute of Science & Technology (Deemed to be University)
Andal Damodaran, President, Indian Council of Child Welfare, TN
B Srinivasan, MD, Vikatan group
Ishwar Achanta, Hon Treasurer & Council member: Indian Golf Union, Board member: Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation
Rajiv C Lochan, MD & CEO, The Hindu group

The event...
Chennai, 3rd February 2018: Diversified FMCG Conglomerate, CavinKare Pvt Ltd and National NGO Ability Foundation, today honored 6 remarkable achievers with disabilities at the 16th Edition of Cavinkare Ability Awards 2018. Held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium, the award function recognised and showcased exemplary success and of people triumphs of people with disabilities
The evening kick started with a rap song by well known rapper Blaaze who was also the evening's host, who interpreted his introductory rap in sign language. The evening's cultural component was a scintillating solo dance performance by well known actor/dancer Vineeth.
what then followed was a veritable array of outstanding awardees, who inspired and stimulated the entire audience at the hall. These were 6 people with disabilities who had gone through enormous hurdles, struggles, trials and tribulations to have achieved great heights. The audience had the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate these fabulous achievements of the recipients. The evening ended on a high-note with both the recipients of the awards as well as the audience leaving as inspired and empowered individuals
In its 16 year journey, the Cavinkare Ability Awards has recognized admirable achievements of people with disabilities. Over 80 awardees have stood testimony for breaking stereotypes and challenging the mindset of the society towards disability.
This one-of-its-kind national level awards, conceived and curated by both Mr.C.K Ranganathan, CMD, CavinKare Pvt Ltd and Ms. Jayshree Raveendran, Founder & Hon. Executive Director, Ability.

The Awardees

K R Raja

CAVINKARE ABILITY Special Recognition Award:

DR . SRUTI MOHAPATRA Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Dr. Sruti Mohapatra’s work has always focussed on the rights of persons with disability. She is the Founder and CEO of Swabhiman, a disability information and resource centre. Her brainchild Anjali is a project for inclusive and joyful learning. She has conceptualised innovative programs such as Sandhan and Swabalamban. At the time of the accident which resulted in quadriplegia, she was a achiever in academics and sports. Unstoppable even after, she completed a Ph.D, has written over 100 articles and several books and is a member of many important committees in government and civil society.

CAVINKARE ABILITY Award for Eminence:

Mahantesh G.K. is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Samarthanam that works to empower visually impaired, disabled and marginalised persons. Samarthanam's initiatives include inclusive and accessible education, skill development, culture and environment as well as the promotion of blind cricket. Mahantesh is a cricket player and President of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India and World Blind Cricket Limited. He is also the Founder Director of B Care that works to prevent AIDS and rehabilitate people living with HIV/AIDS


Raju Rameshwar works as an engineer at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope of TIFR. He is a poet and writer too. Raju has congenital Achondroplasia. As a result, he is short-statured and has complications related to spine and lungs. Not letting disability, financial constraints or rejections impede him, he completed his B.E. in Information Technology, was a university topper and is today a successful professional.


Gauri acted in the successful Marathi film 'Yellow', which won her a National Special Mention Jury Award as Best Child Actress. A person with Down syndrome, Gauri is a multiple Special Olympics Award winner and a national-level swimmer across disciplines. Recently, she won the Gold Medal in UPIM Biathle World Tour 2016. She is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and has completed her graduation in Sociology.

JASMINA KHANNA Mumbai, Maharashtra

Jasmina Khanna has not let cerebral palsy or societal hurdles come in the way of academic achievements and a successful career. She completed school with high scores, a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology, before she turned to computers and equipped herself with an array of certifications . She has worked for Syntel India for the last seven years. In addition to a passion for writing, Jasmina is also a committed activist on disability issues.

DR . ROSHAN JAWAD SHAIKH Mumbai, Maharashtra

Dr. Roshan Jawad Shaikh underwent a bilateral amputation as a result of a ghastly train accident. She willed herself to move on, doing well academically and aspiring to be a doctor. When the medical council disqualified her on grounds of her disability being over 70%, she turned to the law. The court awarded a judgment in her favour and today she is a full-fledged doctor. She is now gearing up to do her post graduation, with the goal of becoming a surgeon.

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