Reported by J. Agnita

The members of Nivedan Women’s Development Trust, Thiruvanmiyur celebrated Women’s Day on March 11 at Amarabharathy marriage hall near Marundeeswarar Temple.

The Trust is a voluntary organisation which renders services to women from the lower economic group, for the past 12 years. Many women Self Help Groups in the neighbourhood are associated with the Trust. The chief guests of the event were K. Vijaya Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police and S.X. Hitwick Rosie, Retd. CRRT Consultant of Tamil Nadu Housing Board Corporation.

Every year the Trust celebrates Women’s Day in a grand manner and conducts competitions such as Rangoli, running race, musical chair, short-put and tug of war for its members and distributes prizes to the winners. “All these women toil throughout the year and such recreations will rejuvenate and motivate them,” says M. Natchatirra Mary, Managing Trustee.

The Nivedan Women’s Development Trust can be reached at 93821 46478.

Annual Day celebration

The 48th Annual Day of Bala Vidyalaya, a school for young children with hearing impairment was celebrated on March 13 at the school’s premises in Sastri Nagar.

Dr.Raja Samuel, Principal, Madras School of Social Work presided over the function and Saraswathi Narayanaswamy, Honorary Director of the institution welcomed the gathering. The school also offers Diploma in Special Education for teachers to train young children with hearing impairment.

The school admits hearing impaired children under the age of three. At 18, 1st Cross Street, Sastri Nagar.

Arokiya Nilayam re-launched

The landmark of Gandhi Nagar ‘Arogya Nilayam medical centre’ is given a facelift and has moved to a brand new building on March 14.

Arogya Nilayam Charitable Trust is a non-profit medical centre started in 1952 by a few like-minded ladies who wanted to bring to the then ‘far away’ Gandhi Nagar, basic medical amenities. It took the shape of a Trust in 1991 providing medical consultation and medicines, catering to the economically weaker strata of the society in and around Gandhi Nagar.

Today, the trust run by the trustees VL Indira Dutt, Pankajam Adithyan, Praneshwari Rajendra, Divya Reddy and Srilakshmi Mohan Rao, under the guidance of Dr. Trilok Chandra and his medical team, provide free medical consultation, medicines, physiotherapy, ophthalmological consultation and procedure, rehabilitation, counselling and geriatric care.

The horizon of the Trust has now extended to include the whole of Adyar and beyond, catering to more than 100 patients a day. To respond to the growing needs of the society they have shifted to a new premises with state-of-the-art facilities close by. Arogya Nilayam is at 56 B, Ramachandra Adithanar Road, Gandhi Nagar. Ph: 43538266.

A theatre on self-defense

A Tamil theatrical dance show titled ‘Sakiye Rowdhiram Pazhagu’ by Kadaiveedhi was held on Mar.11 at the Alchemy theatre. Directed by Jay Thattai, the play spoke about how women should opt for self-defense to protect themselves against sexual harassment and violence. The dance drama was presented in a medley of art forms Bharatanatyam, Kalarippayattu, Kattaikoothu and theatrical mimes, all set to classical music.

The drama aims to unlock the vigour within women to fight against sexual harassment and violence,” say the organisers. Sangeetha Arunachalam, the founder of ‘’ declared open a free Women’s Self Defence workshop on the last Saturday of every month in Besant Nagar. She has requested all the women to register for free at, a marketplace run by ‘mums worldwide’. Jay and team are willing to present the dance drama for schools, colleges, and other organisations. For details call 73388 83171.

Hydroponics workshop

Learn how to grow your own plant using hydroponics, with Prof. Nagendhiran, an expert in the field of soilless, medium less and multi deck farming techniques, on March 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is priced at Rs.1000. At Wsquare, No 38, Kamaraj Avenue 2nd Street, next to Malabar house restaurant, Adyar. Call 48540085, 89393 37210 for registration.

Sanitary workers honoured

The women sanitary workers of Zone 13 were in for a surprise, when they were honoured by the Arise Charitable Trust and Jayam Home Health Care, Sastri Nagar on March 9 at the Corporation Park in 21st Cross Street, Besant Nagar.

A free health check-up was conducted for these workers and they were provided a sumptuous lunch. The women were deeply moved as they were recognised for their service and were also given gifts.

Nimmi of Arise Charitable Trust quoted “while women achievers are honoured by other organisations and they receive coveted awards on Women’s Day, we take pride in honouring these women helpers clad in blue saree, who help clean our streets.”

She attributed it to the fact that most of the women cleaners though subjected to various hardships such as drunken husbands, broken homes and a host of other problems continue to carry on with their work of keeping the city clean, with a smile.

Leading the way…

Prema Srinivasan, an esteemed senior citizen and a long time member of Indira Nagar Women’s Association was honoured on March 13, during the association’s Women’s Day celebration held at its premises. Veteran Prema, who is also a resident of Indira Nagar, is an active social worker.

Her pioneering work is the project ‘Presha’, a novel idea in which she recycled old fabrics into quilts and donated them to the underprivileged. She is also a member of Darshini and enjoys reading out to blind students regularly, despite her age.

The Indira Nagar Women Association founded in 1971 is a prominent organisation in the locality. Through their Vetri Educational Trust, the members provide tuitions and educational aids to needy children.

At 1st Main Road, Indira Nagar. To join the association contact Rani Danaraj at 98401 74118.