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CavinKare ABILITY Awards 2010

Location: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall 
(Inside Lady Andal School Campus), Chennai

Jury:
Dr. Mohini Giri - Chairperson, Guild of Service
Dr.V.Krishnamurthy - Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council
Mr. Radhamohan - Film Director
Mr. Shravan Garg - Group Editor, Bhaskar Group
Ms.Kanimozhi - Member of Parliament

Chief Guest:
Shri.Mukul Wasnik - Hon. Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment,
Govt. of India

Guests of Honor:
Mr.N.Murali - Managing Director, The Hindu


The Award Winners

CavinKare ABILITY Award for Eminence:

VEDANTAM SADA SIVA MURTHY (Palakol, Andhra Pradesh)Vedantam lost both his legs in a train accident twenty eight years ago. With the facilities he had access to, he was able to get back on his feet albeit with great difficulty. He deeply understood the pain of losing a limb and  wanted others to have access to facilities that he had had. Thus was born the 'Chaitanya Artificial Limb Centre' at Palakol, near Rajahmundry, with the aim of providing both physical and psychological rehabilitation for everyone. He believes that positive thinking can bring about total transformation in one's approach to life. With fierce determination and optimism, he has till today, helped over 600 patients begin a new life. An agriculturalist by profession he has also adopted his own village Abbirajupalem and lobbied for its development.  

The CavinKare ABILITY Mastery Awards:

PUJA SUBRAMANIAM (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh)Puja Subramaniam's story is exemplary and exceptional in every sense of the word. At age 12, Puja was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disorder named Charcot-Marie-Tooth. The nature of this disorder is such that it constantly and unpredictably leads to new difficulties in mobility. This in no way deterred Puja. Accepting fresh challenges not just disability related ones but also as a woman with disability, she effectively countered all stumbling blocks and completed her post-graduation. Fighting her way with courage and conviction, she established an engineering consultancy company – 'Bolster Engineering Solutions', which requires that she not only works hard at her job but also needs to persuade her clients to have faith in her ability to deliver.

BAJRANG LAL SUTHAR (Bikaner, Rajasthan)Bajrang Lal had a paralytic attack that rendered him paralysed neck-down. In an economically backward family where he and his father were the sole breadwinners, this meant loss of livelihood and complete dependence on his aged parents. He seemed to have reached a point of no return when his mentor's inspiring words transformed his life. Using the sensation that he had in two fingers of his left hand, Bajrang began writing a couple of lines a day. Four years later, he discovered he could paint too. Thus began his artistic voyage of self-discovery. His confidence acquired a boost when he discovered that his paintings could be sold and some semblance of economic independence reached. Two exhibitions later, there is no looking back for Bajrang Lal who today looks at life with renewed hopes and vitality.

ZAMIR DHALE (Ahmedabad, Gujarat) Think of Helen Keller. Think of Rani Mukherjee's character in “Black”. That's Zamir Dhale for you. Zamir Dhale is deafblind. Proof to all that's said about allowing nothing to come between one's capabilities and ones dreams towards achievement. And yes… he was the one who worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali towards sensitising everyone in the unit about deafblindness. Living every moment of life to the fullest, as an advocacy officer at Sense International (India), Ahmedabad, he is also a loving husband, a doting father and a vociferous activist who has travelled extensively in India and overseas, presenting papers at conferences in tactile sign language to create awareness about the needs and rights of deafblind people.

Click to see Cavinkare ABILITY Awards 2010 - Jury Meet

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