Source: Dainik Bhaskar (08-March-2018)

3 generations of women, same passion

1. Praveena Solomon

In a discreet corner of Velankadu, the northwest fringe of Chennai, a cemented pathway leads visitors past overgrown burial yards and abandoned buildings into one of the city’s oldest and busiest cremation grounds. Below the vast cremation chamber lies the small office of the 34-year-old woman who runs this crematorium, Praveena Solomon. Part of a unique social experiment by Indian Community Welfare Organisation (the NGO that owns the crematorium), Solomon is among the first few women in India to manage a crematorium — spaces from which women have been traditionally excluded while not being expressly banned.

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2. V. Nanammal

V. Nanammal is India’s oldest Yoga teacher who comes from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The 99-year old Yoga teacher who has trained one million students over 45 years and teaches 100 students daily. 600 of her students have become Yoga instructors around the world.

Her work has been honored with India’s National Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2016 and the country’s fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2018.

Awards and Honors

For her achievement, Nanammal has been conferred with the following awards and citations:

  • 2016- National Nari Shakti Puraskar award received from former President of India Pranab Mukherjee
  • 2017- Government of Karnataka’s Yoga Ratna award
  • 2018- Country’s third highest civilian award the Padma Shri
  • 2018- Rotary club’s Lifetime achievement award

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