Saluting ability

Four achievers were felicitated at the CavinKare Ability Awards

It need not be a star-studded affair to make an event a success. The recent CavinKare ability awards at Pragati Maidan proved it. It was an evening to salute and acknowledge the exemplary service of disabled persons.

Four awards were given away to felicitate disabled persons on their achievements. The ability award for eminence, 2008, was given to Madhukar Vishvanath Shiordhonkar from Madhya Pradesh. He is one of the first qualified visually impaired physio-therapists and has set up several associations and federations for the rehabilitation and empowerment of the visually impaired.

The ability mastery award was presented to three people – Shivani Gupta, Veena Mehta Verma from New Delhi and Jagdeep Singh Dangi from Madhya Pradesh. Veena is one of the first blind women to be offered an HR executive’s job at the National Thermal Power Corporation, Shivani is a qualified architect and Dangi claims to have invented the first Hindi-English Internet browser.

Breaking barriers

The awards have been given in the past five years for ‘looking beyond disabilities and breaking barriers together.’The mood for the evening was set by a scintillating performance by Shobhana, national award winning actor and Bharatanatyam dancer who danced with visually impaired artistes from Bangalore. Renowned actor and director, Revathy hosted the award ceremony.