As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, CavinKare is associated with
the Ability Foundation, an NGO working towards the betterment, empowerment and rights of
the disabled community, to institute CavinKare Ability awards, a one-of-a-kind award in the country, to recognize and reward the achievements of differently abled people. The awards
have been organized for the past ten years in succession and have now grown in stature
and recognition. These national awards (totally four in number) recognize the spirit
of achievement of the differently abled. The award recognizes those individuals who have pursued solutions and gone beyond the "normal", the trials, travails and tribulations, towards achievement. With a view to change public perception about differently abled people
and to highlight their potential, these awards recognize the spirit of achievement of those who have taken the road less travelled, and pursued their dreams, without allowing physical and mental setbacks deter them.

The Awards Are Bestowed For Two Categories -
CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence It is a single award given to just one person. It comprises a memento, a citation
and a cash prize of Rs. Two Lakhs, awarded in recognition of exemplary achievement and service to a person with disability.
It is awarded to an achiever, who has demonstrated a commitment and service to others beyond his individual personal achievements in a particular area.
CavinKare Ability Award for Mastery Three entitlements, comprising of a memento, a citation and cash prize of Rs. One Lakh are awarded in recognition of exemplary achievement to three people with disability who have set a high standard for themselves and gone on to achieve it. This is awarded to people who are a source of inspiration to a whole generation in need of motivation.
The selection process begins with advertisements calling for nominations. Any Indian national who has a disability
(as per the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995) and has done exceptional work in his chosen field is eligible to apply.
The nominations are short-listed and representatives visit them for an in depth understanding. Based on this, a nationally known, eminent jury selects the winners.
    • The 15th CavinKare Ability Awards 2017
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No.13/1, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 034.
      Jury   Dr. Mariazeena Johnson, Pro Chancellor, Sathyabama University,
      Mr. Harish Lakshman, Managing Director, Rane Group,
      Ms. Alarmel Valli, Classical Dancer & Padma Bhushan Awardee,
      Mr. P.N.Vasudevan, Managing Director, Equitas Holdings Ltd,
      Dr. Priya Selvaraj, Assistant Director, G.G. Hospitals

      CavinKare Special Recognition Award

      Divyanshu Ganatra
      Pune, Maharashtra
      His adventurous exploits are legendary...and so too his professional achievements. Clinical psychologist, adventure sports buff and entrepreneur, Divyanshu Ganatra is the Managing Partner of 'Yellow Brick Road' that works in the fields of corporate training and counselling. He is the first blind person in the country to do solo-paragliding; he is a mountaineer and scuba diver as well. He is also India's first visually impaired person to complete a tandem bicycle expedition from Manali to Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world. Divyanshu has set up 'Adventure Beyond Barriers Foundation' to promote adventure sports among persons with disabilities.

      CavinKare Ability Eminence Award

      Tirupur, Tamilnadu
      From humble origins in a village in Tirupur, he now stands tall as an icon of society. The founder of 'Tirupur District Sports Association for the Deaf', K. Murugasamy has been training scores of deaf youngsters in sports, facilitating their participation in district, state and national level meets, and getting them access to various governmental welfare schemes. Deaf, without speech himself, he founded the 'Tirupur School for the Deaf' that provides free education in Tamil and English medium streams. The school focuses on speech therapy, language skills, lip reading and hearing improvement, thus empowering generations of youngsters in carving out great personal and professional lives for themselves.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta
      Andhra Pradesh
      This amazing multi-faceted young man is a graphic designer, singer, composer, motivational speaker and the author of 'My Life, My Love, My Dear' a book that has been translated into Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Gujarati and Hindi. Despite the limitations posed by osteogenesis imperfecta, and the resultant brittle bones, Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta radiates positivity. He moves around using an electronic wheelchair. He executes his graphic design work flawlessly, managing with just his two mobile fingers to operate a mouse to type on a virtual on-screen keyboard. Not content still, this young man wishes to raise awareness on accessibility across the country.

      K. Suguna
      Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu
      A gutsy woman with a ready smile and positive outlook, she has been lighting up the lives of many young students at the Mahindra World School. Despite acquiring B.A. and B.Ed. degrees, Suguna was forced to continue selling peanut candies for a livelihood, since the schools she approached had not been willing to look beyond her visual impairment. And finally she found an empathetic employer in Mahindra World School. Suguna now eyes further laurels towards a more dynamic life.

      Jaskaran Singh
      Bangalore, Karnataka
      Jaskaran Singh made it to the prestigious IIM-Bangalore with a CAT score of 99.4 percentile, rising like a phoenix after a devastating car crash in 2012 in which he lost his entire family . He himself was rendered a quadriplegic, with no control over his limbs, fingers, bowels, bladder, and body temperature. Having to deal with emotional scars as well as physical ones, he continues on his way up towards a magnificent life. Meeting all problems head on, he is not only a top notch student of IIM Bangalore, but also the student representative of its Office of Disabled Services (ODS) committee and Vikasana - Teach to Transform programme.

      Pooja Gupta
      Rewari, Haryana
      Despite the plethora of challenges brought forth by Ataxia - a progressive condition that curtails her leg movement, muscle coordination, speech , throat and eye movements, this young woman became the first in her college to clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) test. Pooja Gupta also cleared various bank exams and was recruited into Punjab National Bank, where she is praised as a highly productive and capable professional. She is the sole bread-winner of her large family and dreams of becoming an IAS officer someday.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2016
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No.13/1, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 034.
      Jury   Mr Arun Jain, Chairman & MD, Intellect Design Arena Ltd
      Mr Mani Ratnam, Film Maker
      Dr Mariazeena Johnson, Director, Sathyabama University
      Mr Rajiv Lochan, MD & CEO Kasturi & Sons (The Hindu Group)
      Mr Santosh Radhakrishnan, Head, Corporate Business ,Tamilnadu and Kerala,
      Dainik Bhaskar Group.
      Mr G Venket Ram, Fashion Photographer

      The Cavinkare Ability Award For Eminence

      K R RAJA
      Tirunelveli, Tamil nadu
      K R Raja, who became disabled due to polio, has found an unusual calling in life. His organization Global Network for Equality works to support the children of prisoners serving their time as life prisoners for homicide against their spouses. He believes that such children are left with no childhood to speak of, and therefore there is an imperative need for them to receive educational and all other support from society.

      The Cavinkare Ability Mastery Awards

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      Justin has a spinal cord injury right from his neck downwards, as a result of a road accident in 2009. In a surprisingly short time, he has risen to become a star on the international swimming circuit, and ranked among the top 20 at the IPC World Swimming Championship in Glasgow in 2015. That he juggles the rigorous training of competitive swimming with a full time job with an IT major is a tribute to his zest, zeal and determination.

      Anjan is the youngest member of the Kerala Cartoon Academy and an art and computer science teacher at the Adarsh School. Given that he has cerebral palsy along with speech & hearing disability, his achievements are the result of his innate abilities and hard work, as well as tremendous family support.

      New Delhi
      Ankur has several championships on the international front to his credit, winning medals for track and field athletics, as well as being a high achiever on the academic front at St. Stephen's College, New Delhi. Not one to allow blindness to come in the way of achievements, his list of accomplishments include gold medals at the World Youth Championships, Colorado, USA, the Open Championship, Malaysia, and a host of national meets. He has recently qualified for the Rio Paralympics to be held in August this year and hopes to bring home more laurels and do his country proud.

      CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award 2016

      New Delhi
      Maj. H P S Ahluwalia became a national hero from the moment he scaled Mt. Everest in 1965. Just three months later, a bullet injury during the Indo-Pak conflict rendered him a tetraplegic. While lesser men would have faltered and dithered, Major Ahluwalia rose like a phoenix to create a state-of-art, one-stop destination for all victims of spinal injury, and established the The Indian Spinal Injury Centre that offers all required necessities in style.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2015
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No.13/1, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 034.
      Jury   Mr. P S Surana, Founder, Surana & Surana International Attorneys
      Mr. Rajiv C Lochan, Managing Director & CEO, Kasturi & Sons Ltd (The Hindu Group),
      Dr. Mariazeena Johnson, Director, Sathyabama University,
      Mr. Vidhu Shankar, Sr. General Manager & South Business Head, Dainik Bhaskar Group,
      Ms. Kavitha D Chitturi, Executive Director, The KCP Limited.
      Guests of Honour   Music Composer A.R.Rahman,Actor chiyaan Vikram,and Ad.Flim maker Prahlad Kakkar

      The Cavinkare Ability Award For Eminence

      Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh
      She hails from a lower middle class family of a remote village in Uttar Pradesh. Having personally battled every stigma as a “girl child”, she went on to establish a residential school and a vocational training center. She has gone beyond accepted norms of such a school to accept mentally disabled rape victims and guide them at every turn.

      The Cavinkare Ability Mastery Awards

      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      That talent transcends disability is a point well demonstrated by K.Janarthanan. He was severely burnt when an iron rod with which he was playing came into contact with a high tension electric line. Fighting all odds he has emerged as a well known mouth artist and graphic designer.

      Jodhpur, Rajasthan
      From being a successful man going about his busy life, to being totally on bed, Praveen Vyas has achieved multiple things. These include publishing a widely circulated newspaper and looking beyond his current successes to dream, among other things, of establishing a printing press in Phalodi, Rajasthan.

      Alwar, Rajasthan
      Siddharth has met life's challenges head-on, making choices that have made people accept him for what he is and who he is. An employee at “Makemytrip” he turned down the offer of working from home, and is today a highly valued employee who relishes the day to day demands of the mainstream workplace.

      CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award

      Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
      Ramakrishnan, Founder-president of Amar Seva Sangam, needs no introduction either in the disability world or in the nation's iconic list of persons. The milestones achieved by this stalwart and his institution are examples one can perhaps only hope to emulate.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2014
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,No. 7,
      Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 001.
      Jury   Ms. Bombay Jayashri, Carnatic Music Vocalist and Academy Award nominated Music Composer,
      Mr. Gautham Vasudev Menon, Film Maker,
      Dr Mariazeena Johnson, Director, Sathyabama University,
      Mr. M Murali, Proprietor, Sri Krishna Sweets and
      Mr. Sanjeev Kotnala, Vice President - Brand and Marketing,
      Dainik Bhaskar Group

      The Cavinkare Ability Award For Eminence

      Mr.Mahesh Kinth
      Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh,
      Mahesh has dedicated his life to the rehabilitation and education of children with disabilities. Having acquired a disability as a result of a road accident, his life has, since then, been a series of initiatives for persons with disabilities. Beginning in 2002 with the founding of the Prerna Institute of Rehabilitation & Research in Jammu & Kashmir, then setting up the Aadhar Foundation in 2010 in Chhindwara district, Mahesh Kinth's life has been a series of unstoppable triumphs, notwithstanding all the hurdles and obstacles he has had to contend with.

      The Cavinkare Ability Mastery Awards

      Mr.Biju Varghese
      Pathanamthitta, Kerala
      Biju’s efforts have enabled hundreds of people to lead independent lives today. He currently holds the license from Automotive Research Association India to alter 56 models of 13 auto brands for persons with disabilities. In recognition of his work, he received the National innovation award in 2007.

      Ms.Sangeeta Gala
      Mumbai, Maharashtra
      Sangeeta works as an assistant director in the highly competitive Hindi film industry. Given that she is profoundly deaf, this is a particularly challenging task. Fascinated by films ever since she was a child, Sangeeta has worked with well known directors on some memorable films: Black, Raavan, Barfi, to name a few.

      Mr.Ubedulla Naved Azmi
      Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
      A much sought after computer teacher and web designer, Naved’s knowledge and skills are admired by everyone. He has never allowed the fact that he lives with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, with very brittle bones, to come in the way of pursuit of excellence.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2013
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2012
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No. 7, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 001.
      Jury   Mr. A.R.Rahman, Oscar award winning Music Composer
      Mr. N Murali, Director, The Hindu
      Ms. Leela Samson, Director, Kalashetra Foundation,
      Ms. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service ,
      Mr. Radha Mohan, Film Director
      Mr. Yatish Rajawat, Group Editor, Dainik Bhaskar Group
      Guest of Honour:   Shri.Mukul Wasnik - Hon. Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India

      The CavinKare Ability Award For Eminence

      Mohammad Iqbal,
      In the stark terrain of Ladakh is an organization that has been doing remarkable work in
      awareness and capacity building for persons with disability. Through the People's Action Group
      for Inclusion and Rights (PAGIR), Mohammad Iqbal has been working relentlessly for years to ensure economic and social empowerment of persons with disabilities in the Leh district. He has also
      tied up with various travel ventures in order to make the scenic town barrier-free, and works actively
      in preserving the environment. His severe orthopedic disability, coupled with his passion to promote
      rights and participation of disabled persons, makes him a force to reckon with.

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Bhavana Botta,
      Chennai, Tamil Nadu
      In an extraordinary story of inclusion, Bhavana Botta, a young girl with athetoid cerebral palsy (due to which she can neither speak, nor walk) has completed her schooling and B.Com in Corporate Secretaryship
      in mainstream educational institutions. Today, she runs her own entrepreneurial venture known
      as ‘Saahaagika’, a boutique for Ahimsa and Organic silk products. From managing the accounts
      to banking and paying taxes, Bhavana insists on doing everything on her own. In order to communicate, she uses a unique eye-pointing chart and is the first person in Tamil Nadu, and possibly India, to have written exams with this form of communication. For her, it is the attitude that determines inclusion,
      not a disability.

      Azeem Bolar, Bangalore, Karnataka
      It takes a lot of optimism and strength of the mind to come to terms with a disability. But for Azeem Bolar,
      it has taken twice the amount of strength to reach where he is today. Already battling with deteriorating
      vision as a result of juvenile arthritis, Azeem had to change his career from a successful hotelier
      to a counselor, when a stroke rendered him completely blind and paralyzed in the left side of his body. Undeterred, Azeemhas fought every battle with a remarkably optimistic attitude, teaching himself how
      to walk, talk and write, all over again. Today, he is a much sought-after counselor in a software firm
      in Bangalore. He also provides free counseling services at the very centre he trained from, instilling optimism in many more people every day.

      Riitesh Sinha, Karnal, Haryana
      From the boy who was refused admission in most schools in his town, to a person who has shaped many careers in the field of computer science, Riitesh Sinha has proven that mental strength can win over any physical disability. Born with cerebral palsy in a town that was largely ignorant of his condition, Riitesh began a computer training centre in order to teach the basics of computers to many. Initially, doubts arose about his ability to teach, but his passion for the subject and dedication to teach, won him many students who still regard him as an excellent teacher. He also empowered himself by building a motorized vehicle that would help in his mobility. Today, Riitesh works in a government job but is still sought after by his colleagues to resolve all technology-related issues at work. In his spare time, he pursues philately, numerology and mudras passionately.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2011
      Location:   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No. 7, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 001.
      Jury:   Dr. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Mr. N Murali, Sr. Managing Director, The Hindu.
      Justice A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court.
      Mr. Mani Ratnam, Film Maker.
      Mr. Aneil Mahajan, COO-Corporate Affairs, Bhaskar Group.
      Guest of Honour:   Major-General Sunil Kumar Razdan; Ramachandra Guha, Writer and Historian.

      The CavinKare Ability Award For Eminence

      Harman Singh Sidhu, Chandigarh
      Rather than being dejected and yielding to a life of resigned acceptance or cursing fate for an accident that left him paralysed neck down, Harmandecided to look beyond himself and chose to save lives from road accidents. While others might have taken to a life of retreat, Harman chose to establish an NGO
      "Arrive Safe", where the mission was to advocate policy level changes and create awareness on road safety. Today, Harman has become a spokesperson in most matters relating to road safety and has represented the country at international forums. Thanks to his determined and persistent efforts, several roads have become safer today and several traffic regulations have been brought about as well.

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Babli Gambhir,
      Jaora, Madhya Pradesh
      After being shunned by the public for her short hands, Babli was determined to excel in a field that required persistent and dexterous hands. She chose to be part of the salon industry. She was confident that she could dispel stereotypes that were discriminatory. They now call her the girl with the "golden hands." A great triumph when one also considers that she comes from a poor family. Turning a weakness into her greatest strength was no mean feat; today, she owns a much sought after beauty parlour in Jaora, one that is acclaimed for its client services. What started as a small set-up is currently also
      an employment opportunity for other under-privileged girls.

      Sujatha Burla, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
      TV anchor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, there are no full stops for Sujata Burla. With a story behind her that cannot be described briefly, Sujata can only be looked up to as a beauty with brains and an example to be emulated by everyone, not only as a successful businesswoman and a media person but also
      as a person with a heart of gold lending a helping hand to orphans with disabilities. Indeed living up to her organisation's tagline, "Life beyond imagination."

      Varun Jain
      Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
      Adventure thy name is Varun. Becoming wheelchair-bound at age twenty when life was seemingly near perfect, his infallible never-say-die spirit of adventure, goaded him on to not just becoming financially independent but also move on to routes where "angels fear to tread". River rafting, mountaineering, kayaking, solo road trips on a quad-bike are some passions that set his adrenalin pumping. And all these with a determined purpose too, to create awareness for accessible infrastructure and equal status
      for persons with disabilities. In his own words, "adversity causes some people to breakdown
      and others to break records."

    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2010

      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall (Inside Lady Andal School Campus),
      Jury   Dr. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Dr.V.Krishnamurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
      Mr. Radhamohan, Film Director.
      Mr. Shravan Garg, Group Editor, Bhaskar Group.
      Ms.Kanimozhi, Member of Parliament.
      Chief Guest   Shri.Mukul Wasnik, Hon. Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India.
      Guest of Honour   Mr.N.Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu.

      The CavinKare Ability Award For Eminence

      Vedantam Sada Siva Murthy, Andhra Pradesh
      Vedantam Sada Siva Murthy lost his legs in a train accident twenty eight years ago. With the facilities
      he had access to, he was able to get back on his feet albeit with great difficulty. He understood the pain
      of losing a limb and wanted others to have access to the facilities he did. Thus, he founded
      the 'Chaitanya Artificial Limb Centre' at Palakol near Rajahmundry, with the aim of providing both physical and physiological rehabilitation for everyone who has lost a limb. He believes that positive thinking
      can bring about total transformation in one's approach to life. With fierce determination and optimism,
      he has till today helped over 600 patients begin a new life. An agriculturalist by profession, he has also adopted his own village Abbirajupalem and has lobbied for its development.

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Puja B Subramaniam, Madhya Pradesh
      Puja Subramaniam’s story is exemplary and exceptional in every sense of the word. At age 12, Pooja
      was diagnosed with progressive neuromuscular disorder named Charcot-Marie-Tooth. The nature of this disorder is such that it constantly and unpredictably leads to new difficulties in mobility. This did not deter Pooja in any way. Accepting fresh challenges as a woman with disability, she effectively countered all stumbling blocks you can expect and completed her post-graduation. Fighting her way with courage
      and conviction, she established an engineering consultancy company – ‘Bolster Engineering Solutions’, which requires that she not only works hard at her job but also needs to persuade her clients to have faith in her ability to deliver. And deliver she did.

      Bajrang Lal Suthar, Rajasthan
      Bajrang Lal had a paralytic attack that rendered him paralysed neck down. Hailing from an economically backward family where his father and he were the sole breadwinners, his condition led to a further loss
      of livelihood and complete dependence on his aged parents. He seemed to have reached a point
      of no return when his mentor’s inspiring words transformed his life. Using the sensation that he had
      in two fingers in his left hand, Bajrang began writing a couple of lines a day. Four years later,
      he discovered he could paint too. Thus began his artistic voyage of self-discovery. His confidence acquired a boost when he discovered that his paintings could be sold and some semblance of economic independence returned. Two exhibitions later, there is no looking back for Bajrang Lal who today looks
      at life with renewed hope and expectation.

      Zamir Dhale, Gujarat
      Think of Helen Keller. Think of Rani Mukherjee’s character in “Black”. That’s Zamir Dhale for you. Zamir Dhale is deafblind; a testament to everything said about allowing nothing to come between one’s capabilities and one’s dreams towards achievement. And yes, he was the one who worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali towards sensitising everyone in the unit about this disability. Living every moment of his life to the fullest, as an advocacy officer at ‘au sense International’, Ahmedabad, he is also a loving husband, a doting father and a vociferous activist who has travelled extensively in India and overseas, presenting papers at conferences in tactile sign language to create awareness about the needs
      and rights of the differently abled.

    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2009
      Location   Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,
      No. 7, Harrington Road,
      Chetpet, Chennai 600 001.
      Jury   Mr. A.R. Rahman, Oscar Winning Music Composer.
      Mr. N.Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu.
      Mr. Radha Mohan, Director.
      Ms. Revathy, Actress/Director.
      Dr. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Guest of Honour   Mr. N Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu.
      Mr. M.S. Sundara Rajan, Chairman, Indian Bank.
      2009 Award Winners   The CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence 2009
      Mr. Javed Ahmed Tak, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Award 2009 Winners
      Mr. Nityananda Das, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
      Mr. Rajiv Rajan, Chennai, Tamilnadu
      Mr. V Sai Prasad, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


      The CavinKare Ability Award For Eminence

      Javed Ahmed Tak, Anantnag, Jammu And Kashmir
      The scars of strife-ridden Kashmir are unending. The adversity can bring out the best or worst in people. With Javed Ahmed Tak, it was the former. Bruised and maimed by a militant attack nearly eleven years ago, leaving him paraplegic, with a host of other related problems, Javed turned his adversity into
      a mission. Spearheading a movement for peace and rehabilitation in a war-ravaged town, he used
      the media to create awareness and sensitisation programmes on disability and has established
      an organization that caters to the needs of differently abled people.

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Nityananda Das, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
      “The beauty of life is an endless struggle”, this epitomizes the life, struggles and triumphs of Nityananda Das. He has risen like a phoenix from the ravages and scars of a gruesome accident that
      left him - a professional dancer with just one leg. His love and passion for Odissi dance, a positive attitude, immence self-will and confidence, sustained by the love and support of his guru has helped him overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, both physically and emotionally. Continuing to dance
      on one leg, he has also started a dance school, ‘Kalashram’ and is today a dancer, teacher
      and choreographer in his own right.

      A person with cerebral palsy, Rajiv Rajan has combated innumerable odds – big and small – disability related being the least of them. Negative mindsets, condescending attitudes, unfriendly atmosphere – all these he battled through sheer self-belief, and a never say die spirit, advocating what disabled people
      can do and what they cannot do. A born leader and team member through his work at Vidya Sagar,
      as well as a member of several committees, he is the epitome of the saying, "where there is a will, there is a way".

      Sai Prasad Vishwanathan, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
      “Life is meant to be lived”, an apt quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, best sums up young Sai Prasad Vishwanathan. Defying a crippling, life threatening progressive disability, this young man has overcome great odds in his pursuit of academic excellence and succeeded… and how! He is also one of the few who have been given a full research fellowship in the field of Computer Architecture and Chip Design
      at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. His recent sky-diving achievements sum up his mantra, “nothing to stop you from pursuing your dreams…just do it!”

    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2008
      Location   Pragati Maidan,
      New Delhi,
      Jury   Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
      Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in Chief of CNN-IBN, Justice Leila Seth.
      Mr. Naveen Chawla, Election, Commissioner of lndia.
      Guest of Honour   Ms. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Mr. Naveen Chawla, Election Commissioner of India.
      Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
      Justice Leila Seth.
      Mr. Hitesh Oberoi, COO,
      Mr. N. S. Rajan, President, NHRD, Delhi Chapter.
      Winners   Madhukar Vishvanath Shiordhonkar, Indore, M.P Shivani Gupta, New Delhi
      Jagdeep Singh Dangi - Vidisha, MP Veena Mehta Verma, New Delhi,


      The CavinKare Ability Award For Eminence

      Madhukar Vishwanath Shiordhonkar, Indore, M.P
      Over and above being one of the first qualified visually-impaired physiotherapists, this medical veteran has been instrumental in initiating several associations and federations leading to the habitation, rehabilitation and empowerment of thousands of visually impaired men and women; besides focusing
      on sports as well – all this in the 1960s when such thoughts and initiatives were extremely scarce if at all.

      The CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Shivani Gupta, New Delhi
      A familiar figure in New Delhi's disability activism drives, Shivani has allowed neither her tetraplegia nor society's stereotypical attitudes towards a woman with disability to prevent her from seeking out her rights. With a PG degree in Architecture from UK under her belt, she lives independently and pursues her dream of an India sans bigotry.

      Jagdeep Singh Dangi, Vidisha, M.P
      "Necessity is the mother of all invention" is a known adage and this extends itself even further
      when the necessity is felt by a genius. So much so, the place he lived in, with its rampant lack of facilities,
      as well as impoverished economic condition, were no impediments to this entrepreneur. Orthopedically
      and visually impaired he may be; it did not come in the way of his invention of a Hindi-English Browser, which we hope is just the first step towards several more inventions.

      Veena Mehta Verma, New Delhi
      A person who rejected stereotypes from day one – studying subjects that are normally denied to the visually impaired, like Maths, Science, Accounts, Commerce and Management, she has fought tooth
      and nail for her rights. The first blind woman to have been offered a job at her level at NTPC, prior
      to which she was a top performer in a multi-national IT company, she has been besides all this,
      a mountaineer, paraglider, horse rider, model, rock-climber et al.

    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2007
      Location   MRC Centre,
      Jury   Ms. Kanimozhi, Poet, Lyricist.
      Dr. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Mr. Nagesh Kukunoor, Film Maker.
      Dr. V. Krishnmurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
      Ms Leela Samson, Director, Kalakshetra Foundation.
      Guest of Honour   Dr. M. Karunanidhi - Honorable CM of TN
      Mr. A. R. Rahman - Music Director and Playback singer
      Winners   Kali Vinod Tiwari, Unnao, UttarPradesh
      Anjali Arora , New Delhi,
      Neha Bansal , New Delhi

      The CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence

      Kali Vinod Tiwari, Unnao, Uttar Pradesh
      Paralysed from the waist down by a bout of polio, K.V Tiwari had to crawl till he was fourteen. He dreamed to be a preacher, but Tiwari had a technical side to his brain. When competition from "mobile" rivals closed down his steel fabrication workshop, he decided to dedicate his life to making mobility possible
      for the disabled. His national award-winning, auto-tri-wheeler exhibitions of self mobility systems
      are a boon for the differently abled. He organizes campaigns, rallies and races for motorized tri-wheelers and the "defeat disability" expedition covering 12,280kms across 14 Indian states, which proved to be
      a huge success. He is now a champion in promoting self mobility for the differently abled. His foot-operated vehicle for upper extremity handicaps and his multi-functional therapeutic/mobility system
      for children with cerebral palsy have won national and international honours.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Anjali Arora
      A person without sight, she exhibited tremendous courage in fighting her way through educational institutions
      and has successfully become a lawyer.

      Neha Bansal
      She is completely paralysed below the neck. Her rare self confidence and strong resolve to nurture and fulfill her dream
      to become a chartered accountant makes her worthy of the Mastery Award.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2006
      Location   MRC Centre,
      Jury   Mrs. Jaya Bachchan, MP (Rajya Sabha), Film Actor.
      Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Mr. Nagesh Kukunoor, Film Maker.
      Mr. J.S. Verma, Former chief Justice of India.
      Mr. Anindya Bhattacharyya, Computer Technologist, Helen Keller National Center, NY.
      Guest of Honour   Mr. A.P. Shah, Chief Justice of TN.
      Mr. M. Murugappan, Industrialist.
      Ms. Asin, Film Actress.
      Winners   Uma Shanker Pandey,
      UP Navin Gulia, Gurgaon Rinku Jee Bhat, Dumana, Jammu


      CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence

      Uma Shanker Pandey
      A polio victim herself, she started a school for the differently abled in Banda, a backward rural district of UP and thus transformed an entire community's view on disability.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Navin Gulia
      A quadriplegic, his unique feat of scaling the world's highest motorable pass non-stop, in the open category, won him laurels.

      Rinku Jee Bhat
      She successfully manages an electric/electronic repair shop and is the sole breadwinner for his family even after losing
      both his hands.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2005
      Location   Convention Hall, Chennai Trade Centre Nandambakkam,
      Jury   Ramachandra Guha, Historian, Biographer and Cricket writer.
      Justice J.S. Verma, Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission.
      Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Jayshree Raveendran, Founder, Director, Ability Foundation.
      Guest of Honour   A.R. Rahman, Music Director.
      Prof. M.S. Swaminathan,
      Founder, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.
      Winners   Rajinder Johar, New Delhi,
      Rajani Gopalakrishna, Bangalore,
      Sanjeev Sachdeva & Anjlee Agarwal, New Delhi


      CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence

      Rajinder Johar, New Delhi
      Mr. johar won the award for socially and economically rehabilitating scores of differently abled persons through his organization, 'Friends of the Disabled'. Despite a cervical spine injury, every activity has been initiated and overseen by him from his bed.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Rajani Gopalakrishna, Bangalore
      She teaches computer science and other school subjects to under privileged children. Despite being visually impaired,
      she was the first person in India to be a full-fledged Chartered Accountant.

      Sanjeev Sachdeva & Anjlee Agarwal, New Delhi
      Persons with progressive muscular dystrophy, they run Samarthya, an organization which promotes a barrier-free environment for severely disabled people, and organizes tours for them.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2004
      Location   MIISC,
      Jury   Mr. N.Vittal, Former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Govt of India.
      Mrs. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service.
      Mrs. Jayshree Raveendran, Founder, Director, Ability Foundation.
      Mr. Rajiv Menon, Cinematographer and Film maker.
      Mrs. Suhasini Manirathnam, Actor, Director.
      Chief Guest:   T.N. Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka.
      Guests of Honour:   Justice Mallimath, Former Chief Justice of Karnataka.
      Mr. Narayanamurthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys.
      Winners:   S.M.A. Jinnah, Madurai,
      Prasad Nagesh Ghadi, Mumbai,
      Preeti Chhatrapati, Mumbai


      CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence

      S.M.A. Jinnah, Madurai
      He is the Founder, Director of the Indian Association for the Blind, which provides residential schooling, integrated education, vocational training, self employment opportunities, and distributes aids and appliances to the blind. More than 4000 people
      have benefited from Indian Association for the Blind and it won a National Award in 2000.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Prasad Nagesh Ghadi, Mumbai
      For his mastery in music and painting with unstinting effort. A music Company invited him to launch his maiden album
      and he has won the coveted National Balashree award in 2001, despite an atrophied spinal cord.

      Preeti Chhatrapati, Mumbai
      Employed as a consultant to a multinational software Company, with fluency in three languages. Despite being hearing impaired, she overcame all the social, emotional and physical difficulties associated with people having severe hearing loss and emerged a winner.
      CavinKare Ability Special Recognition Award

      Boniface Prabhu is the recipient of this award.
    • Cavinkare Ability Awards - 2003
      Location   Tidel Park,
      Jury   Mr. Javed Akhtar, Renowned Poet and Lyricist.
      Mr. Manirathnam, Acclaimed Director.
      Mr. N. Vittal, Former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Govt of India.
      Mrs. Mohini Giri, Chairperson Guild of Service.
      Mrs. Jayshree Raveendran, Founder, Director, Ability Foundation.
      Chief Guest:   Justice A.S. Anand, Chairman, Human Rights Commission.
      Guest of Honour   M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.
      Winners   Naseema Mohammed Amin Hurzuk, Kohlapur,
      Buse Gowda, Bangalore,
      Pradeep Singha, Mumbai


      CavinKare Ability Award for Eminence

      Naseema Mohammed Amin Hurzuk, Kohlapur
      A paraplegic, she took the Eminence Award in recognition for her contribution and service to the disabled community
      through her NGO 'Helpers of the Handicapped'.

      CavinKare Ability Mastery Awards

      Buse Gowda, Bangalore
      Buse Gowda deservingly took the award for his mastery in classical dance despite being visually impaired.

      Pradeep Singha, Mumbai
      A deaf-blind person, he is a trained masseuse and an editor at the Braille Press. A truly remarkable human being.