14th CAVINKARE ABILITY AWARDS: Honoring disabled achievers across country since 2003


Chennai, March 13, 2016: Once again, at a scintillating evening of music, diversity and range the 14th edition of the Cavinkare Ability Awards took place at Chennai on Saturday at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Auditorium, Chetpet. From among an extensive range of countrywide achievers with disabilities, 5 lucky ones were the awardees this time. The recipients were picked out by the discerning jury members comprising Mr. Arun Jain – Chairman & MD, Intellectual Design Arena Ltd, Mr. Mani Ratnam – Film Maker, Ms. Mariazeena Johnson – Director, Sathyabama University, Mr. Rajiv Lochan – MD & CEO, Kasturi & Sons (The Hindu Group), Mr. Santosh Radhakrishnan – Head, Corporate Business, Tamil Nadu & Kerala, Dainik Bhaskar Group and Mr. G Venkat Ram – Fashion Photographer, who also were present at the event, gracing the grand occasion.
The evening’s programme featured a galaxy of artists and creative minds. The master of ceremonies was celebrated rapper, poet , singer and lyricist Blaaze. The musical evening had the presence of DJ Kave, internationally known DJ and scratchmaster . A.R.Rahman’s Sunshine Orchestra conducted by Mr Srinivasa Murthy mesmerized the audience with their presentation, while Irwin Victoria, who made the top ten in Vijay TV’s Super Singer competition, captured everyone’s hearts with his singing.
The CavinKare Ability Awards are conducted together by CavinKare Pvt. Ltd., a leading FMCG corporate and Ability Foundation, a national NGO for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.
The awards aim to encourage and recognize the exceptional achievers with disabilities from across the country – individuals who have defied conventional, social, attitudinal, physical and other barriers in pursuit of their aims and aspirations.
The awards fall into two categories - Eminence & Mastery. The Eminence Award salutes the excellent achievement of a person who has not just overcome great odds towards achievement but has also contributed significantly to society by initiating an organization of his/her own. This award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh. The Mastery Awards is presented to three individuals with disability in recognition of their extraordinary achievement in any field of their choice. The recipients of this award, each receives a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
The nomination process starts 3 to 4 months prior to the event where every individual who desires to participate will have to nominate themselves for the suitable award category. Based on the nominations the award category will be filled in helping the jury to identify the right talent of the year. The CavinKare Ability awards were announced on a National media platform covering Print, Television, Radio and other NGO’s.

Sunday, March 13, 2016