Friday, December 18, 2015

Kavipriya - Adding Smiles and Touching Millions of lives

'Living Legends, Learning Lessons' by Kavipriya
It is always a proud privilege to meet and interact with legendary iconic achievers from different fields.   Kavipriya has been nurturing this dream right from her childhood.  After completing her graduation in Computer Science and post graduation in Visual Communication, she joined a reputed B School to pursue her MBA. 

Kavipriya had the opportunity of meeting 50 legendary and iconic achievers and interacted with them over a period of one year. "Ever since I began writing with a pen, I started to record my observations and my feelings in my personal diary. Somewhere in the midst of all this was born the germ of an idea to chronicle the lives of living legends who have impacted the world with their ways and views." Kavipriya recalls her pleasant memories.

Living Legends and Learning Lessons

She joined hands with Prof. Bala Balachandran, a globally renowned Management Guru and the Founder of Great Lakes Institute, to author a book titled 'Living Legends, Learning Lessons'. In this book she featured 10 Indian legends like Ratan Tata, Infosys Narayanamurthy, Adi Godrej, Philip Kotler, Deepak Chopra, Kiran Mazumdar and few others.  This book was released at Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. Ratan Tata and N R Narayanamurthy launched the book at Chennai and Bengaluru respectively, in July 2015.

Ratan Tata (second from left) launching the book.  Kavipriya (extreme right looking on)

Ratan Tata (second from left) launching the book.  Kavipriya (extreme right looking on)
 "Ratan Tata is truly regal.  Although he is an industry icon respected globally, I am impressed with his simplicity and humbleness. I was surprised when he walked up to my elderly grandparents and greeted them during the book launch", says Kavipriya.

Kavipriya says that she has learnt a lot at this young age, by interacting with the icons of various fields.
She is coming out with the second part of the book featuring the remaining of the 50 icons she had interacted with. "These icons have such intense aura, that it is difficult not to be influenced by them", says Kavipriya.

While addressing the media at Bengaluru during the book launch, N R Narayanamurthy, Founder of Infosys openly acknowledged that Kavipriya was his inspiration, because she left a lucrative job to take up entrepreneurship and to start her branding company.  He even went to the extent of requesting Prof. Bala to write a book about her.

Multi-talented Personality

Kavipriya  has the skill to sketch while dancing the Kathak.  The picture was drawn by her in 4 minutes during her dance performance at the talent round of Miss Chennai Competition 2010.
Kavipriya is a multi-faceted and multi-talented personality.  She has been a classical dancer right from her childhood, combining the dance forms, Kathak, Ballet and Bharatanatyam.  During her student days, she used to visit old age homes and orphanages to perform before the inmates.  She has done more than 2000 such performances.  "I used to feel happy when I could add smiles on the faces of the elderly people, and children through my dance performances.  That is why I have named my branding company, 'Adding Smiles Pvt Ltd'." She is engaged in CSR activities as well as personal branding, through her company.

During her early teens, she had won Miss Teenager India at the national level and Miss Fresh Face and also won regional beauty pageants .  However, she focussed more on academics in her high school and won various  leadership competitions. 

Her focus towards education and serving the greater cause for education landed her to become the Goodwill Ambassador of Education Loan Task Force (ELTF), and initiative of Prime Point Foundation to spread the awareness about Education Loan to students across the nation. 

She has the skill to sketch while dancing the Kathak.  The picture (left) was drawn by her in 4 minutes during her dance performance at the talent round of Miss Chennai Competition 2010.

Kavipriya has appeared in nearly 75 print and television advertisements as model for products.  "I have appeared as bride in more than 90% of these advertisements.  I accepted modelling assignments only where I was presented in a dignified manner", says Kavipriya.  Some of the co-models who worked with her are now popular film artistes.  Kavipriya declined acting opportunities, as she wanted to be an entrepreneur.  

Globally renowned Marketing Guru Philip Kotler being interviewed by Kavipriya

Globally renowned Marketing Guru Philip Kotler being interviewed by Kavipriya
She has several role models in her life.  She admires Jayalalitha and Indira Nooyi for their administrative capabilities. She adores Priyadarshini Govind, the dancer who sustains her energy for a long time while dancing, even at her 60-plus age.  She respects M S Subbulakshmi and Meenakshi Seshadri for their divine beauty.

"I want to touch millions of lives through my organisation, 'Adding Smiles', my dance and my philanthropy", Kavipriya concludes.

She can be reached at

By K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief and Sukruti Vadula, Editorial Team, PreSense

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dr Kalam Club launched at Coimbatore + 25th Edition of ezine New Gen Thamizhan released + Small NGOs meet at Coimbatore

Dr Kalam Club was launched by Prime Point Srinivasan on the 69th Independence Day at Ashram Matriculation School, Coimbatore.  Sixth Sense, one of the Action 2020 members based at Coimbatore have planned to start Dr Kalam Club in many of the Coimbatore Schools to seed the vision of Dr Kalam to make India a developed nation by 2020.  

Ashram Matriculation School, Coimbatore came forward to start the Dr Kalam Club on the auspicious Independence Day.  Prior to the launch, they conducted various competitions to create awareness about the goals of Dr Kalam.  Around 100 students have volunteered to join Dr Kalam Club.  They have set 10 monthly agendas for execution.  

Dr C Devendran (Chairman and Correspondent), Shri Udhayendharan (Administrator and Treasurer) and Smt N Velumani Anbarasan (Principal) were enthusiastic about the effective functioning of Dr Kalam Club.  As the first step, they distributed 100 saplings to the students, who would be personally maintaining the trees at their place.  

In the same function, 25th edition of Tamil emagazine New Gen Thamizhan was also released by Dr C  Devendran.

In the afternoon, a meeting of small time NGOs (who do not receive institutional or foreign funds) was held.  Prime Point Srinivasan shared the experience of Action 2020 and requested them to create a platform to support each other.  

All the above programmes were coordinated by Perur Hari, President of Sixth Sense and his team members.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Programme to pay homage to Dr Abdul Kalam and to seed his vision towards Developed India 2020

Programme to offer homage to Dr Abdul Kalam and to seed his vision towards Developed India 2020

The greatest son of India and the most beloved leader Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away on 27th July 2015 at Shillong when he was delivering a lecture to the students.  The entire India wept silently and paid rich tributes to him, cutting across religion and language.  His mortal remains was burried at his native place Rameswaram on 30th July 2015 with State Honours.  President of India and the Prime Minister offered their homage to him, personally.

To pay homage to this great son of India and to seed his vision for developed India 2020, 'Admirers of Dr Abdul Kalam' organised a programme at Dr MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science, Chennai on 1st August 2015 at 3.30 PM.  Many eminent perons of the city, including few political leaders and bureaucrats participated and offered their tributes to this leader.

Towards the end, his favourite 10 point oath was read out to the audience.  It was decided that all the admirers of Dr Abdul kalam would work together to realise his dreams of 'Developed India 2020'.

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