CHENNAI: Reminiscing his childhood days when he and Vijay Amritraj used to go for tennis classes under the same coach, film director Mani Ratnam said, “when Vijay and his two brothers started playing at the court, all of us sat in the sidelines and shook our head from one end to the other, following the ball.”
Pointing out that it was a privilege to watch Mr. Amritraj play some of his first tournaments, Mr. Ratnam said, “he might have been a great tennis player, but what he has done outside the field through his Foundation is more remarkable.”
He was speaking at a function organised on Tuesday by the Rotary Club of Madras T. Nagar to honour Mr. Amritraj and golfer Digvijay Singh. Prizes for winners of a charity golf event organised by the Club and L&T were also presented at the event.
More than 100 golfers, including Mr. Ratnam and Mr. Amritraj, participated in the event and the proceeds will be used for free cataract surgeries, eye donation and other charitable activities.
Stressing that those who have eyes but no vision are the ones who are really blind, Mr. Amritraj said, “I have had the privilege to revisit children and families months after they received sight and it is truly remarkable. The image stays with you for a long time.”
Mr. Singh said, “The gift of sight is paramount. It is the most important of all our senses.” Mr. Ratnam presented the ‘For the sake of honour’ and ‘Vocational excellence’ awards to Mr. Amritraj and Mr. Singh respectively.
K.V. Rangaswami, L&T president (Construction), and Mohan Rajan, Director, Rajan Eye Care, spoke.