Three personalities — Radhika Santhanakrishnan, Muthu Jayaraman and Anitha Guha — were honoured with the ‘Nanda Deepam' awards by Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust, Mylapore on Women's Day. These awards were given to them for their service in various fields.
Radhika Santhanakrishnan, founder of Penn Nalam, which is a wing of ‘Dhanwanthri Trust,' has taken up the huge task of educating, diagnosing, treating, caring and couselling women about cancer.
Herself being a survivor of breast cancer, she provides low cost diagnostic tests to screen women for breast and cervical cancer (through Penn Nalam) so that the disease can be detected at an early stage.
Penn Nalam also counsels women and family members about the disease, its progress, management and prognosis and its social implications. The services offered at Penn Nalam include in-depth diagnosis like mammography, ultrasound, dietary advice, pap smear test and chemotherapy. The centre also offers alternative therapies and couselling for women by women.
Muthu Jayaraman, a nephrologist, has organised a number of haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation in cadaver. Being a post graduate in DM Nephrology, she has decades of teaching experience. So far, she has published about 25 papers in journals and books and is a member of societies such as APL, Indian Society of Nephrology and Founder of Southern Chapter of Indian Society of Nephrology, to name a few.
Anitha Guha, one of the most sought after Bharatanatyam teachers in the city, has carved a niche for herself with much lauded mythological Nritya Natakams and thematic dance productions. Her productions have won acclaim both in India and abroad. She started her dance school Bharathanjali in 1989. She is a recipient of many awards and titles, some of them being ‘Acharya Choodamani' from Krishna Gana Sabha, ‘Acharya Kala Bharathi' from Bharath Kalachar, ‘Lalitha Kala Ratna' in memory of Dr. Rukmini Devi Arundale from Lalith Kala Academy, Mysore, and Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, ‘Best Natyacharya' award in 1999, 2000 and 2008 from the Indian Fine Arts Society.
Many of Bharathanjali's students are recipients of the Bharath Kalachar scholarship since 1995 and the CCRT scholarship from the Government of India. Her senior students have won prestigious awards and titles such as ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi', ‘Balashree', ‘Nalanda Nipuna', ‘Singar Mani', ‘ Nritya Jyoti', ‘Natya Chudar' and ‘Nritya Mani' setting standards for the institution.
Suraksha Sanjeevani Scheme
After receiving the award, Dr. Muthu said that incidence of kidney diseases is on the rise as there is less awareness about them. Treating the same also involves huge cost. She elaborated how organ donation saves lives. She explained the difficulty one faces while undergoing dialysis and how all that can be prevented if someone donated a kidney. She talked at length about symptom of kidney disease and the various tests needed to identify them.
Radhika Santhanakrishnan and Anita Guha thanked the Nandalala Seva Samithi for honouring them.
As March 8 was also observed as World Kidney Day, the Suraksha Dialysis Centre of the Samithi launched the Suraksha Sanjeevani Scheme. It was aimed at motivating corporates and individuals towards organ donation.
Three women were honoured with the Nanda Deepam award.