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Friday 16 June 2023

Carnatic Awards: Recognizing Chennai’s Finest by Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic

Carnatic Awards 2023 on 15th June, 2023 honoured 4 eminent women with life-time achievement awards at a formal event held in a city hotel, to recognize phenomenal work done by them in their field of profession & service to the society. 

Recognizing Chennai’s Finest by Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic.

Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic is part of the Rotary International District 3232 which comprises of all the Rotary Clubs in the Greater Chennai Metropolitan area.

The Award:

Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic is honoured in awarding a unique set of individuals the lifetime achievement awards. This year all the awardees were eminent Ladies of Chennai.  These ladies have attained the highest glory in their respective professions and have impacted lives of thousands of people over the years. The Chennai Carnatic Awards were instituted in the year 2015 and have been recognizing people in the field of business, entertainment, social work, defence, public service and sports. 


This year’s recipients were all women - 

Brig. Muthulaxmy (Retd.), Ms. Sabita Radhakrishna, Commander Gauri Mishra and Ms. Jigyasa Giri

              Awardees of Chennai Carnatic 

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Brigadier Muthulaxmy (Retd. from Indian Army)

Born and brought up in a remote village in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, she volunteered to join in the Indian Army at a very young age and posted as Nursing officer in Military hospital at Allahabad. During the Indo-Pak war in 1965, she was posted as Front-line officer in Amritsar and besides alleviating injured soldiers’ pain, she also had to keep the hopes alive and console the bereaved families. She was applauded for her grit as young girl from a remote village in Tamil Nadu working far North of India. She was also posted in Bangladesh during the war. Besides attending casualties of Jawans, she also extended her service to civilian girls especial in the gynaecological attention. In 1986 during Sri Lanka war, Brig. Muthulaxmy were brought to the Military hospital in Chennai. Her service continued and she was recognised with the Chief of Army Commendation during this period. She also served in the Delhi Army Hospital and post-retirement, continued her studies and secured graduation in Commerce & later secured graduation in Law. Continued her service to supporting widows of Army Jawans, she enrolled herself in the Bar Council of Chennai & Pondicherry, she continued to serve as Advocate & Notary public. Her service to the Nation and people for 3 decades, she was awarded Chennai Carnatic Award by Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic.

Sabita Radhakrishna

Sabita is a columnist, journalist, play-writer, textile revivalist, cook book writer and broadcaster. She also did the translation of legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan's autobiography. She has lent her voice for over two decades to mainstream media and has hands-on experience in textiles for four decades. She is a lyricist and authored a fact-fiction novel titled “Looms of Arivoor". She believes that British rule and mechanisation led to the fall of Indian handloom craftsmanship. She ventured into founding 'Amrapali' and enticed women into wearing handlooms. She also ensured support with funds to mitigate sufferings of handloom weavers during the pandemic. She was bestowed with Chennai Carnatic Award by Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic for her phenomenal efforts in the field of art & craft, as an individual and social entrepreneur promoting traditional craftsmanship and livelihood of craftsmen.

Commander Gauri Mishra

Well educated Gauri with a postgraduation in Commerce, diploma in logistics & supply chain management, Masters in business administration (MBA) in finance and contract management module from ICWAI; she went on to pursue her career in the Defence. Commander Gauri Mishra joined the Indian Navy, lead the contingent in the Republic Day Parade in Delhi and received commendation by the Chief of the Naval Staff. She was also a member of the Indian Navy's Sky-diving team. She was a role model & inspiration for many women joining the armed forces and her continuous effort motivating young girls speaking to them, promoting gender equality and has been empowering the underprivileged. The veteran soldier had excelled in her education, career and balanced work as proud wife of a soldier and mother of a boy. For her relentless and undaunting efforts, being an inspiration to thousands of Indian girls and to the glorious achievements made by her, Rotary Club of Chennai Carnatic proudly presented Carnatic Awards to Commander Gauri Mishra.

Jigyasa Giri

Jigyasa Giri evolved from an astute Kathak dancer to a choreographer to passionately swaying through the life of teaching. She has performed dancing and staged her students across theatres around the world, she follows her motto "Be the spark of change". She chooses to give the world a positive spin through dance. Chennai Carnatic Awards was to reaffirm her life-time achievement in the field of teaching & promoting positivity through dance form. She also involved in various social service initiatives and raised funds through dance performances.

The Awards nights chairman is Rtn.Rajram.M.U and all the awardees were felicitated by the President Rtn.Vanitha Srihari and thanked by Secretary Rtn.Deepa Jammi.  Each awardee was given a plague and citation.  The citations were read by the senior members of the Club.


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