Pride of Tamil Nadu is the brain child of MSRT 39 to Identify, Recognize and Celebrate talents from TN. Personalities across ﬁelds will be awarded for going an extra mile in this competitive world. It is recognition for all the hardships and challenges that went into carving themselves, and also inspiring the next generation not only to be successful but also make Tamil Nadu state PROUD.
Round Table India will contribute 100% of the funds raised from the Pride of TamilNadu towards construction of classrooms for underprivileged Children. Team Madras South Round Table 39, a part of Round Table India will identify the schools that need assistance to improve their infrastructure or the schools who require assistance to improve their standards.
Co-founder of Ma Foi, the largest HR service provider in the country. Ma Foi has recruited more than 3,50,000 professionals in a short span of 20 years in India and abroad.
Managing Director of M/s Varam Capital, a Microfinance company started in the year 2012 to cater to the needs of the poor women and support various initiatives to make them sustainable.
Has played an active role in Institutions like the Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for women which is run under the able leadership of Dr. M S Swaminathan, Madras Management Association, FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization),Hindustan Chamber of Commerce and IWN – the women’s wing of CII taking care of the of the Policies cell of Tamilnadu.
Dr. Mariazeena Johnson has been working relentlessly for the last 18 years in the field of education. She is a social reformer who works towards the upliftment of the socially backward, underprivileged and needy people, providing them a better quality of life.
An Iconic feminist who spreads women empowerment and motivates women to achieve greater heights through lot of Women Empowerment programs.
Recognized as one among the 100 Women Achievers of India by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
She was awarded as one of the “Top 12 Women Transforming India” an initiative by NitiAyog, Government of India along with UN in India.
HemaRukmani is the CEO of Thenandal Entertainment, the live events arm of Sri Thenandal Films. Surrounded by a family of film makers, her motivation towards creativity is no surprise
She has actively taken to promote theatre in Tamil Nadu. Her focus on Live entertainment with a charity angle has won her many accolades.
Santhosh Babu is a Medical Doctor turned Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the 1995 batch, of the Tamil Nadu cadre. He is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Trivandrum. He is also a Chevening Gurukul Scholar from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an LKY Fellow and MPM Degree holder from the National University of Singapore and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He firmly believes that only leadership embedded in integrity and selflessness, with the ability to innovate in the governance process, can take India to prosperity.
His abiding passion has been to transform governance within his jurisdiction to world-class levels, using modern management practices and tools that information technology provides. He has about 150 plus transformational initiatives and innovations to his credit, including installing ERP driven “anytime, anywhere” Government offices, developing and implementing numerous web based application softwares, establishing India’s first Rural BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) units etc. He has conceived and edited numerous magazines and websites. A few recognitions have come his way, like (1) The Best Collector Award of the Government of Tamil Nadu for child labour eradication (2) Dataquest Magazine e-Governance Champion Award, South India, 2008, (3) Being recognized as “The Pride of Tamil Nadu” by the Indian Express in its annual publication 2007 “The Pride of Tamil Nadu”, as one of five persons who has made a difference in various aspects of public life, (4) being recognized by the reputed Tamil Magazine Ananda Vikatan, as one of the “Top Ten People in Tamil Nadu” in 2008 etc. In 2017, Poompuhar won the National e-Governance Award and the Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award under his leadership.
He has spoken at numerous fora including TEDx IIT Chennai, TEDx Hindustan University Chennai and TEDx SVCE Chennai.
His best moment so far has been when, the former President of India Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, quoted his work under the heading “Committed Leadership” in his speech on the occasion of the 7th National Civil Services Day, 21st April 2012, at New Delhi.
He has served the Government of Tamil Nadu in various capacities; as Sub-Collector, Additional Collector, Special Officer to Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd, Joint Secretary–Department of Rural Development, District Collector of Sivaganga and Krishnagiri, Managing Director of ELCOT & Director e-Governance, Commissioner of Horticulture & Plantation Crops, Commissioner of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy and as Secretary to Government, Information Technology Department, and is currently serving as Chairman & Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation and also as Officer on Special Duty, Chief Ministers Special Cell in charge of the “Amma Call Centre”.
NirmalaLakshman is a journalist and Director of The Hindu group of publications. She was the Joint Editor of “The Hindu” and has held senior editorial positions at the newspaper for more than three decades. Nirmala founded and edited The Hindu Literary Review, and conceptualized and created Young World, India’s only children’s newspaper supplement.
She launched and curated The Hindu’s literary festival, Lit for Life, and initiated the annual Prize for Best Fiction from The Hindu. Nirmala has a PhD in postmodern fiction from Madras University and a master’s degree in English from the United States. She is the editor of an anthology of contemporary Indian journalism, Writing a Nation.
Simran, is an Indian actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil, Telugu and a few Malayalam films. She debuted in Bollywood and acted in Hindi films.
She received her first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for KannathilMuthamittal (2002), as the mother of an adopted 9-year-old daughter.
In 1998, entertainment portal Rediff.com called her "one of Tamil cinema's top female draws". In 1999, she was featured in Forbes Magazine as the most prolific actress with a diverse portfolio from the Indian sub-continent. Well noted for her dancing and acting skills in the Indian film industry, she won three Filmfare Awards South including Best Female Debut for Once More, V.I.P and NerrukkuNer, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for ThulladhaManamumThullum, three Cinema Express Awards and was awarded twice with the Kalaimamani award in 1999 and 2003.
He is very active in several social and cultural activities in the city and also among the Arcot family members. He is also the deputy agent of the Prince of Arcot Endowments, and is working on several projects for the upkeep of the Endowment activities.
He is a member of the Madras Gymkhana Club and the Madras Club and takes part actively in many social, sports and cultural activities at the clubs.
He is a patron of music, art and literature and himself is a good musician and a sketch artist. As a hobby he has scored music for several Indian Pop albums, and enjoys composing music in his own studio at the palace. He is also a very sportsman and plays the state league cricket, apart from tennis, snooker, horse riding, reading, photography and organizing quiz events for schools, colleges and other organizations.
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