EVENT The Bangalore Ladies Association is celebrating its golden jubilee

The Bangalore Ladies Association, formed wayback in 1964, is a registered socio-cultural organisation, that is stepping into its Golden Jubilee year.

The main objective of the Association is to promote culture, and take forward the ideals of service and charity. Bangalore Ladies Association, started with an annual subscription of Rs. 6, grew in its strength and activities, under the guidance of its first president, Ms. Rajam. The monthly programme included recipe contests and demonstrations, games for the members, fancy dress competitions, Independence Day as well as Children’s Day celebrations, and other things. During the mid 70s, Ms. Meenambal took over as the president and Ms. Saroja Soori, as the secretary, and successfully guided BLA for more than three decades. Under their stewardship, substantial funds were raised through concerts by eminent artists like Bombay Sisters, Chitra Visveswaran, Nirupama and Rajendra along with Tamil plays by popular actors of the time.

Our president, Meenabmal advised members to donate articles and money to worthy causes like the Kargil War Fund, Gujarath Earthquake fund, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Flood Relief Fund and so on. Under her committed leadership, BLA undertook social service, with activities like educating the poor students, providing medical aid to the needy, donating wheel chairs to the disabled, erecting a bus shelter at Palace Guttahalli, donating tube lights, water heater, dining table, bed sheets to Ramana Maharshi and Little Sisters Old Age Homes.

Since 1990, BLA has been making annual donating to six charitable institutions, which take care of blind students, deaf and dumb children, physically challenged, educating female orphans, so on and so forth. On the threshold of its golden jubilee celebrations, BLA will give 12 NGOs, mostly managed (efficiently) by ladies, a special donation.

To mark the occasion, there will be a Carnatic vocal by Saralaya Sisters, and Bharathanatya recital by Nirupama Rajendra at Sevasadan Auditorium, Malleswaram, Bangalore, 5 p.m.