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Disability did not thwart her ambition

M. Balaganessin



TALENTED: S. Akilandeswari, a visually-challenged dancer of Pudukottai, receiving an award from teh Governor S.S. Barnala in Chennai recently.

PUDUKOTTAI: Her visual disability did not stand in the way of learning ‘Bharatanatyam’. And, rightly in recognition of her hard work, S. Akilandeswari of Pudukottai, was conferred the ‘Ascendas Excellence Award’ in Chennai recently.

The award, instituted by the Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation Charitable Trust, Chennai, carries a certificate and a citation in recognition of outstanding achievements by differently-abled persons.

“It is the prize I got in recognition of my hard work in learning Bharatanatyam for the past 12 years,” says Ms. Akilandeswari, who is currently pursuing her post-graduate course in Literature at Holy Cross College in Tiruchi city.

She thankfully remembers the co-operation, encouragement and support she has been receiving from her mother Janaki. When she expressed her desire to learn Bharatanatyam, she immediately took her to dance master Saravanan. “Understanding my interest, Mr. Saravanan guided me to every minute details of this great art,” she says.

Her father Srinivasan points out that Ms. Akilandeswari has been good in her studies too. She got the ‘Lakshmikantham Ammal Award’ from the Social Welfare Department in recognition of her distinction in the SSLC public examination. She got 448 marks out of the total 500.

She completed her undergraduate course in English Literature at the Government College of Arts and Science for Women in Pudukottai. “I was quite confident that my daughter will qualify for the ‘Ascendas Excellence Award’ when the Trust called for applications from differently-abled persons with extraordinary achievement,” he beams.

Governor S. S. Barnala gave away the award to her at a function held in Chennai recently.

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