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Bangalore Branch
IACC organized a get-together and networking evening a Curtain Raiser to the Tree-Athon and Tree- Athon
on December 14, 2012 at ITC Windsor Hotel, Bangalore
Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka Branch organized its get-together and networking evening, as a
curtain raiser to the Tree-Athon, on December 14, 2102 at the ITC Windsor, Bangalore, 6:30 pm onwards. The event was
well received and attended by participants of known organizations like Assystem India Pvt Ltd, Ganjam Nagappa & Son
Pvt. Ltd, Geschickten Biosciences, Green Channel Logistics Centre, Japcon, Stridus Infotech (India) Pvt Ltd, Hitek
Engineering, Infinite Computer Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd, Jenesys Technologies Pv. Ltd., Jet Avi Engineering Pvt Ltd., L-3
Communication, SJS Enterprises Pvt Ltd., Laguna Clothing Pvt Ltd, ASM Technologies Ltd., Pierian Services Pvt Ltd,
Stanton Chase International, etc to name a few.
Mr. Vinay Luthra, IFS, Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka, invited as the Chief Guest, graced the
event. The event kick started with an inaugural speech addressed by Mr. V. Srinivasan, Chairman of IACC- Karnataka.
Felicitation of the ‘Unsung Heroes of Karnataka’ was received with a thunderous applause. You could feel the emotions
run high, amidst the audience, when Chandru – an illiterate boy, virtually herding buffaloes, chosen by an NGO – Head
Held High, of which Mr. Madan Padaki of IACC is a part of, to participate in an 8 month program in Bangalore (Bangalore
was like New York for that boy!), came up to the dias and spoke for almost 5 mins., in English. He now is part of a BPO,
earning Rs. 12,000 and it is like a dream for him. Barring, standing up, the ovation was heartfelt. Well, what else could
be Thanksgiving, if this is not!
The session started with felicitating the latest hero – Mr. Shekhar Naik, captain of the Indian Blind World Cup Cricket
team. It was an amazing moment. He was cherishing the time of his life, with back to back meetings and Press
interviews. Can’t still imagine, how blind can play cricket... and brings a question to the fore – who’s actually blind!?
We felicitated Mr G K Vishwanath – who was among the country’s top ranked Table Tennis player, for quite a few years,
and was among the Top 16 sportsmen of the country, for a while!
Alongside him, Dr Ajay G V was felicitated. Another Table Tennis player, but with a change – a paralympic champion,
ranked 41st in the world, and highest for any differently abled Indian! Notwithstanding all this, Dr. Ajay always ranked
top in whatever he did, and today is pursuing his MD in Oncology, and has been doing it with top honors again.
Then was the turn of Mr. Praveen Ranka – a martial arts exponent. Who would have thought that, right in Karnataka, in
the middle of all of us, we have someone, who has tutored in the lineage of Bodhidharma!! Chairman and Director of
various martial arts trusts, Praveen is a 8 Dan Black Belt!!
It was now the turn of a very unassuming Mr. C R Sathyanarayana – a photographer par excellence! Here goes his list of
accomplishments – Awarded the Associate ship of the Royal Photographic Society of England; Artist Federation
International De L’ Art Photographique; Excellence Federation of International Art Photography; Associate of the Image
Colleague Society of California; Honorary Fellowship of the Pakistan Salon Group; First Indian to secure Color Prints –
Pictorial… Well, you have to look at his photographs!! Absolutely brilliant..
We felicitated Mr. Suresh Moona – a doyen, who has researched and chronicled the heritage of Bangalore, like no one
else. With a collection of over 500 slides and he can passionately speak about every slide, for over half an hour! You can
feel the pride and the frustration, of the Bangalore that was and the Bangalore that is! He has been invited by the
crème de la crème of the world, during their visits to Bangalore.
We now felicitated the new kid in town – Vibish Sivakumar, who made his debut into Hollywood cinema, by an brief
acting stint in Life of Pi, a movie made by Ang Lee – the Oscar award winning Director. Auditioning among 4,000
students across the country, and making it into the movie, with no prior acting experience, is a great achievement.
Of course, it was our turn to felicitate some exemplary performances by our own colleagues at IACC.