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Sankara Netralaya – Eye Opener

Eye care is synonymous with Sankara Nethralaya. But had S S Badrinath taken that flight to America in 1972, it would have been a blind alley for thousands…

 Thank god for the change in travel plans that Dr S S Badrinath made on a May morning in 1972. It was on that day the visionary ophthalmologist, pursuing a private practice in the US at the time, decided to stay back. He went on to establish Sankara Nethralaya (SN) in Chennai in 1978 with the express mission of serving the poor and needy. In a country that is home to one-third of the world’s blind, the netralaya was manna from heaven.

மானுட பணியில் – சிவானந்த குருகுலம்

The tradition of social service has a long and unbroken history. Through the ages, there have been men and women who in their own quiet and unobtrusive manner dedicated themselves to the service of their fellowmen. They have worked tirelessly to remove injustice, relieve distress and mitigate suffering. Examples of their struggle to rescue men from brutal forces of cruelty, inhumanity and injustice are very inspiring and ennobling.One such couple who sacrificed their life for the cause of humanity is the founders of Sivananda Saraswathi Sevashram, Shri. S. V. Iyer and Dr. V. Mangalam. Shri S. V. Iyer was a leading lawyer both in Chingleput and in Madras High Court. Dr. V. Mangalam served as the Superintendent of Royapettah Government Hospital. She was also a Honorary Presidency Magistrate and Justice of Peace in Madras, India.Both of them earned well by their professions but could not achieve real peace of mind and happiness in a materialistic world. It was at this juncture that they came in contact with Shri Swami Sivananda, a sage in the Himalayas and then joined the Divine Life Society.

Adyar Cancer Institute – டாக்டர் சாந்தா

Cancer institute Shanta

புற்றுநோய் மருத்துவத் துறைக்குத் தன் வாழ்நாளை அர்ப்பணித்தவர், அடையார் புற்றுநோய் மருத்துவமனையின் தலைவர் டாக்டர் சாந்தா. ‘மகசேசே’ விருது, ‘பத்மஸ்ரீ’, ‘பத்ம பூஷண்’, ‘பத்ம விபூஷண்’ என இந்தியாவின் உயரிய பல விருதுகளுக்குச் சொந்தக்காரர். உலக சுகாதார நிறுவனத்தின் ஆலோசனைக் குழு உறுப்பினர். நம் சம காலத்தின் சாதனைப் பெண்மணிகளில் முக்கியமான முன்னோடி.

Madras Institute of Technology

Madras Institute of Technology

HistoryWith the dawn of Independence, the need for establishing a sound technological basis for proper industrial advancement of the country was realised. Towards the fulfilment of this need, a number of Engineering Institutions were established by several State Governments. It was at this juncture that Mr.C.Rajam, with his characteristic pioneering spirit, patriotic fervor and unwavering enthusiasm came up with a munificent donation of Rs. 5 lakhs through the sale of his house and founded the MIT,with the blessings of the Sage of Kanchi, the Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swamigal.



Kalakshetra is an institution not merely for the development of art. It exists in order that youth may be educated, not to become artists alone, but to have the right attitude to life, the right attitude to art, in order that they may be of great service to our country. – Rukmini Devi (1904-1986)


Kalakshetra, as the name suggests, is a centre for artistic endeavour. Founded in 1936 by the vibrant visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, the Institution stands testimony to her dream of creating a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. An institution she established with the vision “of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism.”