I did not know how popular Cr.Lavanya was till months after I first met her in Coimbatore. And of course, I also did not know how different dancers look with and without their make up! Cr.Lavanya is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, based out of Coimbatore and has performed at almost all popular dance festivals including Chennai and Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. She has also been featured in various documentaries on Bharatnatyam, and I believe…she even hosts one such program on TV. Not only she has been featured on Tamil Nadu Tourism’s poster (Enchanting Tamil Nadu!) but also runs her own dance academy…making sure that the tradition on Bharatnatyam lives on. That’s about the celebrity Cr.Lavanya…but the lady who took me to Coimbatore Metropolitan Ladies Circle 23 projects was another person…but enchantress nevertheless!
Our first visit was to the Madukkarai Panchayat Union Middle School located at Okklipalayam. Situated on the outskirts of Coimbatore, the school has approximately 450 students coming from various backgrounds. LC23 has made sure that computer educations becomes a must here and thus, constructed a computer classroom block in 2010-11 at a cost of INR 610,000. The amount was partly funded by the RTIF grant. The Government School has become a role model for neighbouring districts, and is often visited by children from nearby schools as well! That’s awesome!
Our next stop was the K.G.Chavadi School in the Chavadi Area of Coimbatore. One of the main projects for LC23, and for some reason, one of my favorites projects to shoot in Coimbatore, the school has around 400 ‘lively’ kids, who went berserk upon seeing a camera. The ladies Circle has contributed towards the exterior paint for the school, as well as donated blackboards and uniforms to the primary children. All of 400 children received bags with the LCI logo…and I could see the children proudly carrying it on their backs. A few dictionaries were also given along with sports equipment for the school. At least, we can hope some of them to grow up to be badminton or soccer stars!
There are projects which I can never forget. In this case, the school itself was brimming with life and the children were loving the attention my camera was giving them. Our last stop was at Amrit Handicap Society, where LC23 has donated Walkers, Wobble Boards, Balancing Wheels and a Standing Table at a cost of Rs 12000. Ladies Circle 23 raises its funds through various creative ways…one of them being a dance production called Sambhrama, which raised a whopping INR650,000! The girls are already looking forward to their next project- donating pediatric laparoscopic equipment to a Government Hospital for INR 150,000. They have surely danced their way into people’s hearts!