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Life treasure:Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna giving away prize to a winner of the Ahamahamika book reading contest organised by the NSTL in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. NSTL Director S.V. Rangarajan is seen.
Life treasure:Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna giving away prize to a winner of the Ahamahamika book reading contest organised by the NSTL in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. NSTL Director S.V. Rangarajan is seen.

Renowned Carnatic vocal exponent Padma Vibhushan Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna gave away prizes to winners of the Ahamahamika book reading contest organised by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) on Republic Day on Thursday at Manasi Auditorium, NSTL Campus.

Ahamahamika, a forum to revive the habit of book-reading amongst children in today's digital age, is the brainchild of the Director of NSTL S.V. Rangarajan.

With a strong belief that books help sow the seed of ability and achievement in children, the forum has been regularly conducting for the last eight years, written and oral quiz competitions for children of schools in and around Visakhapatnam. These contests are organised every Independence Day for students of Classes 8-10 and on Republic Day for students of Classes 5-7.

Top honours

Till date, the forum conducted 18 contests, with the latest on the book ‘Illustrated Biography of Rabindranath Tagore', this being the 150th year of Tagore's birth, and the centenary of ‘Jana Gana Mana'. In all, 650 children from various schools took part in the contest and the first prize was won by Navy Children School and the second and third prizes were bagged by Ramnath Secondary School.

Earlier contests, graced by the former President, Bharat Ratna A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and other luminaries were highly inspiring to the younger generation.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Balamuralikrishna commended Dr. Rangarajan and his team for encouraging the book-reading habit among the children.

Inspiring presence

Interacting with the students, he enthused them with anecdotes from his student life. His admission that he attended school only for three months during his life evoked peals of laughter from the young audience.

President of Ahamahamika Abraham Verghese, secretary of Ahamahamika C.V. Narasimham, staff, children of various schools, and NSTL fraternity were present.

The climax of the event was rendition of the National Anthem by the maestro in his golden voice to the accompaniment of hundreds of young book-readers.


  • Winners of book reading contest receive prizes from Balamuralikrishna

  • Rendition of the National Anthem by exponent highlight



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