Monthly Archives: September 2021

The Badaga ‘Lady with the Magic Lamp’

I have written about the Badaga Lady from Kethorai, Dr.Rajammal who has been an inspiration to many. As a teacher, social activist and motivational speaker, she has achieved many laurels including the coveted “Best Teacher” award from the President of India and the ‘Dronacharya Award‘ to name just two of the twenty plus awards she has received so far. She was conferred a Doctorate by an USA University.

A book on her, The Lady with the Magic Lamp, by Dr.Aswathy Rajan & Manju K Manohar has proved to be a runaway success receiving rave reviews. Presently she is associated with the NGO Sarvalayam that runs an orphanage home for elderly and girl children.

Dr.Rajamma, we are very proud of you!

Receiving Dronacharya Award
Dr.Rajammal had taken two orphanage girls as her guests to the 5 star hotel at Chennai. “They were thrilled to the core’, she says
Lions Club of Ooty honouring her on 15 Sep 2021
Presenting the book Dr.Rajammal, The Lady with the Magic Lamp

The Podhigai TV channel telecast an interview with her on 26 Sep 2021. A must see inspirational video.

Read about the book launch


Badugu Kathe Gamalu – competition results

Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder 50th death anniversary Song Competition – Results

Nakkubetta TV Ramakrishna
Mr.Solur G Rama & Mrs. Shanthi Deisingh

Hearty Congratulations to all the winners. But in fact, it is a big win for the Badaga community since we have discovered the fact that there are so many young, some are indeed very young, singers who are going to be our future treasures. In my opinion, each and every participant is a winners. Our best wishes to them.

Advisory Committee

Sri. Singa Sadhu
Wg Cdr JP

There are no words to greet and convey our thanks to Ramakrishan and his team in the Nakkubetta TV who have proved that we can conduct such a competition completely online, and make it digitally a great success. The two pillars of this competition are of course, Melur G Rama and Shanthi Deisingh ( who, though based in USA, has given her time and efforts completely). Congratulations to also, to all judges for their great work..

My humble thanks to my colleagues in the advisory committee, IAS Sundradeva, ISRO Bhojaraj and Godalatty Singha Sadhu.

An happy ending indeed. On behalf of Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder family, especially my wife Tara, son Abhimanyu Ari and daughter Pakshalika Nanji, I thank Nakkubetta TV, Ramakrisha in particular, for making the Ari Gowder’s 50th Death anniversary year, remarkable and memorable.

Remembering you, Ma

You would have  been 109 today!

Idyammal in 1927

A journey that was extraordinary ! A life full of challenges !!

But you never gave up !

The steely determination with which you faced  fate and life, is an inspiration for many generations!!

Happy birthday to Mrs.Idyammal [Idy Hethe], wherever you are!!