Meet The Board Team
The only way to create great things everyday is with great people who truly enjoy what they do. As cheesy as it sounds, here is our dynamic team who take pride in what they do. Read below to know more about them!
Dr Manjunathan Sivaprakasam
Dr Manjunathan Sivaprakasam FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Hip and Knee Joint Replacement in the UK. After completing his foundation years in Cluny and Holy Cross School, Salem, he pursued his passion in the medical field and graduated MBBS from JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka in 2000 and moved to the UK in 2003.
His grandfather TVN Viswanathan Mudaliar and his father Dr V.Sivaprakasam have been his congenital role models and imbibed the culture of service to humanity through their many years of selfless service to humanity in and around Salem.
His hobbies include cycling, hiking, listening to Carnatic music and devotional songs, Wildlife Conservation, Formula 1 racing and cooking.
Dr Manjunathan started this trust in January 2021 along with his primary school friends from Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Salem. They passed out 4th Standard in the year 1987. Hence the name VIZHUDHUGALL ‘87. The mission of the trust is to serve the neediest in our society while maintaining transparency as the key principle. With the blessings of Supreme power and as a group of friends, will strive hard to make this organization a great success. He sincerely appeals to all the donors to generously contribute to the trust and support their cause.
Praburam Kandasamy Rajendran has an engineering background and has been in the transport business for the past 20 years. They take care of transporting hazardous liquid goods at M.O.C Logistics and Swarnakanda Logistics.
His family and friends usually entrust him with important responsibilities as they perceive him as a person with integrity and perfection.
When his friend Manjunathan shared this philanthropic idea of starting a charitable trust, he happily joined hands with him. When he was entrusted with this responsibility as a chairperson, he accepted this post as he felt that the Almighty is guiding him to a new untraveled path.
He feels to have joined hands with his childhood friends for a noble cause. Though everyone is diverse in their careers, we stand united to bring a smile to many people’s faces. May God be with us.
Mr Prabhu Santhanam
Mr TVLS Prabhu Santhanam
Prabhu Santhanam has completed masters in Business Administration.
Currently, he is a businessman manufacturing textile fabrics.
His hobbies are listening to Ilaiyaraja music, hearing preachings of Bhagavad Geeta, Buddha and Vallalar. He believes in the philosophy "Service to humanity is Service to God" and feels it is intrinsic to eternal/divine life.
He feels very lucky to be part of this trust as it satisfies his core principle.
Familiarly known as Murali, he's a businessman dealing in pulses and grains. He started off his career in marketing. After gaining a foothold in eminent organizations, started his own business.
He is an ardent supporter of social work and stays involved to the best of his abilities. Has been part of many philanthropic activities like providing kits to HIV positive patients every year, supplying books and bare necessities to the poor children and arranging funds for the deserving students who struggle to pay their fees. He has been a blood donor for the past 15 years.
Dr Kartik Rajaratnam
Dr. Kartik Rajaratnam M.B.B.S
Kartik. A. Rajaratnam comes from a dedicated family of doctors who have served in Salem for 3 generations. His aspirations were either to become a formula-1 race driver or an army man but destiny made him a doctor in order to continue the dedicated service as a family physician.
After his graduation in 2004, he pursued a rather unconventional path by providing service in the field of HIV/AIDS care and support. This made him realise that being a Medical practitioner was an eternal calling and transformed to be an earnest and committed doctor to many who literally lost hope in life.
In December of 2010, He lost his father to interstitial lung disease after a long battle. His father was vocal and wanted to spend his last few days at home with his entire family around him. They fulfilled his dad's last wish despite resistance and backlash from many who knew them. From this experience, he learnt that the most important criterion for palliative care is patient autonomy and became aware that, in fact, he had provided palliative and end of life care to his dad during those last few days.
Everything seemed to fall in place as Kartik realized that he was an intuitive palliative care Physician. Got trained at KIDWAI Institute, Bangalore and started providing services as a Palliative care physician in Salem.
Today, in Shanti Nursing Home, Salem, he caters to general patients, HIV care and Palliative care extending to geriatric care and not restricting service to cancer Palliative care alone. He feels very happy to hold hands with his childhood friend Manjunathan for Vizhudhugall'87 and deems it as a happy coincidence.
Mrs. Lavanya Manoharan
Lavanya holds a bachelors degree in Commerce. This is currently her fourth year teaching in Montessori School. Her favourite part of teaching preschool is being the first stepping stone in children's education.
She values the importance of early literacy to kids and therefore wanted to teach "Montessori Methodology" and witness their creative minds at work.
Her hobbies are listening to music and prefer to spend her free time volunteering/social work.
She strives to make a difference by teaching tomorrow's decision-makers and feel fortunate enough to be part of this trust and be able to help the needy.