The Trustees of GT Foundation led by the Managing Trustee Dr. V. Ravichandran, had the privilege of honoring Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, a World renowned Indian Classical Bharatanatyam dancer, a research scholar, choreographer, music composer, musician, teacher, an author and also the Director of Nrityodaya, Chennai and Sri. Harekala Hajabba, a reputed Social Reformer who along with being an orange vendor in the city of Mangalore is known for the revolution he has brought in rural education within the State. His generosity goes back to saving a portion of his profits from selling oranges to starting a school in the region he came from; to encourage education amongst the children there. Today, the School has grown to be known as Hajabba School, aided by Government and private donations from individuals. He is affectionately known as ' Akshara Santa' (The Saint of Letters) in Mangalore city. He has also been recognized by CNN-IBN and BBC for his services in the Education field in Mangalore.
Dr. C. V. Krishnaswami, Chairman, TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai and Sri. Mohammed Nazeer, Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation were the main chief guests who graced the Occasion.
Besides honoring the above dignitaries, we had the pleasure of watching the scintillating Bharathanatyam dance performance of Sri N. Srikanth and Smt. Aswathy Srikanth from the Nrityalaya School of Dance, Calicut who enthralled the audience with their performance. They are the true torch bearers of the authentic tradition of South Indian classical dances, particularly Bharathanatyam.
On the occasion of TejoDiya 2017, Dr. V. Ravichandran also launched the following three new initiatives: