Tuesday, 2 July 2019

K. SATYA NARAYAN RAO: a Homage from the community of Persons with Disabilities & their well-wishers July 2019


Dr K Satyanarayan Rao was born in a noble and rich family on 9th December 1919 at Gopalpur, Ganjam District. His parents taught him virtues and good manners from his childhood. He completed his secondary education and then successfully graduated as an MBBS from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam. After his study in the year 1946 he started his nursing home at Berhampur. As a doctor he was loved by all rich and poor people. His service towards society was at the lowest fee, so sick were anxious to receive his service. As a young doctor, he treated the sick with utmost care and sympathy.
One day while returning from a village after treating a sick, he came across an accident. As a result he injured seriously and lost his sense. Fortunately, a public bus was passing by, and the driver took him to the hospital. The doctor saved his life. This is the turning point in his life, from where he completely change his life style and served poor people without any fee.
In the year 1960 he became the Honorary Secretary of the IRCS (Indian Red Cross Society), Ganjam District Branch. Whenever any disaster and calamity took place, he reached the place with relief materials. He started the following institutions to serve more people,
In the year 1966 Red Cross Maternity Hospital for Women and children
In the year 1974 Red Cross School for blind
In the year 1979 Louis Braille Vocational Training Centre for the Sightless
In the year 1981 society for Disabled and Hellen Keller red Cross School for the Deaf
In the year 1986 Braille Press project
In the year 1998 Odisha Blind Foundation.
Beside the above, he initiated several other projects for the service of disabled persons by which many people got benefit. His reputation spread all over the state, country and abroad as a true server of Red Cross. The BBC also interviewed him several times for his success. From 1966-1984 he worked as the Honorary Superintendent of the Red Cross Maternity Hospital, and every year he had done about 1800-2000 free operations.
For his valuable contribution and service for the Red Cross, in the year 1984 the President of India honoured him with a certificate of merit and in 1988 with a Red Cross Gold Medal. Because of his true and selfless service towards the poor he was awarded several honours by Rotary International.
He was not only a friend of disabled and poor, but also a great lover of music, art and culture. The Tyagaraj Bhakti samiti, Berhampur was founded by him in 1984 which is functioning till today
Being a true friend of disabled, the poor and the needy people, he passed away on 18th March 2011 at 10.30 am.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Paintings for the vision impaired: audio tactile interpretation

Bengali Braille Atlas for the Vision Impaired released by NATMO, Kolkata on 11 June 2019

On 11 June 2019 National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO), Kolkata released its Bengali Braille Atlas for the Vision impaired and hosted a Braille Interpretation Workshop [capacity building] at their Sector 5 office. Mr Debabrata Chattaraj, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Govt of WB, Mrs Lisa Banerjee (Blind), Teacher in-charge, Calcutta Blind School, Behala, and myself Hena Basu, Secretary SVH, Kolkata, participated as the Chief Guest and Special Guests respectively. Lisa and me stayed back for the post-Lunch session and found it an wonderful opportunity to interact with the NATMO officials whose dedicated efforts have made this quietly done path-breaking an admirable endeavor. Special thanks are due to Dr Tapati Banerjee, Director, NATMO, for showing an attitude of dignity and equal opportunity to Persons with Disabilities! Also the gifts offered to the Guests were extremely thoughtful and spoke a lot about NATMO's concern for empowerment and capacity building for the deprived Indian children attending schools, making maps accessible for them! We are grateful NATMO.