On the occasion of the 83rd birth anniversary of Badam Ramaswamy, Yuvakalavahini, together with the Badam Ramaswamy & Sarojini Charitable Trust, is presenting the Badam Ramaswamy Pancharatna Awards for the year 2007, on 6th December, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The recipients of this year's awards are:
Rs. 1,00,000 cash award in the field of religious development - Patanjali Yogapeetham, Haridwar
Rs. 10,000 cash award in the field of journalism - C Chandrasekhar Reddy, Wanaparthy
Rs. 5,000 cash award in the field of social service - Orphanage Home, Saroornagar
Rs. 5,000 cash award in the field of education - Kumari Shweta
Rs. 5,000 cash award in the field of theatre - Bhargavi
Badam Ramaswamy was born in 1925 at Peruru Village, and started his career as an apprentice in a rice mill at Wanaparthy Road in his 14th year. The saga of sincerity, hard work and reliableness led him from being a contractor in Karnataka to building a business empire in Hyderabad, in the fields of construction, film studios, hotel management, finance and real estate. He courted imprisonment during his struggle for independence, and was a man with a patriotic spirit. The most important and distinguishing feature of his activities was his disposition towards helping the poor and the downtrodden in society.
In memory of his wife Badam Saroja Devi, who passed away in 1993, Ramaswamy set up the Badam Saroja Devi Memorial Hospital at Chaitanyapuri to serve the poor. A school, the Badam Saroja Devi DAV School in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, and an Industrial Training Institute at Perur are also being run. Plus, sewing and embroidery schools for poor ladies, free of cost, at 13 places at Hyderabad, Mahaboobnagar & Anakapalle.
Ramaswamy has also made a number of donations to various social and cultural organisations, to the Chief Minister's Cyclone Relief Fund, the Indian Red Cross Society and the Janmabhoomi Program, and towards the construction of the Banjara Hills Police Station. He constructed and donated ten very good rooms at the Ayurvedic Hospital, Erragadda, for the benefit of the girls hostel.
Please contact Y K Nageshwara Rao, President of Yuvakalavahini, at 99086-30555 for further details.