Celebrating 'Devis' of excellence
CHENNAI: Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater, said Kiran Bedi, former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, while presenting the 23rd edition of the Devi Awards, organised by The New Indian Express, to 12 distinguished women in Chennai on Wednesday.
The first to be presented the award on Wednesday, historian and environmentalist Dr Nanditha Krishna, told the gathering that hard work had played a key role in her 45-year journey, and family support is also crucial. One of the other awardees, Carnatic vocalist Vidya Subramanian, also shared how her husband had sowed in her the entrepreneurial dream. Visahaka Hari, a practitioner of Hari Katha, performed an excerpt of a Carnatic song praising the goddess Devi.
Chennai-based environmentalist, historian and author Nanditha Krishna has worked for revival of Kurumba art, Kota pottery, traditional art in Mamallapuram, and introducing Tamil folk art in schools. She has authored 23 books, and pioneered documentation of India’s ecological heritage