Felicitation Ceremony in Honour of Prof. Prahlad Vadakkepat by Madras Guptan Samajam
On Sunday 17th July '05, MGS has conducted a felicitation function at Hotel Ganga, Ashok Nagar, Chennai to honour the career achievement of Asst. Professor of National University of Singapore and our beloved moderator, Prof. Prahlad Vadakkepat.
Incidentally, it was our first general function after the birth of MGS and we could get him as he was available in India that time. The evening with him & his family was pleasant and witnessed by a moderate turn out - more than 70 including families.
The function started with an "Easwara prarthana" by Arjun - son of a member. Mr Kutty Sankaran presided over the function. Mr Kishore R Gupta welcomed the gathering. The Chief Guest was garlanded by Mr AR Narayanan and a memento was presented to Chief Guest as a token of affection by Madras Guptans. The convener has presented the report and emphasized the need of enrolling more members to the Samajam net. At this function, the Chief Guest was kind enough to give away the cash awards to the toppers of 10th and 12th exams - from the children of Samajam members.
During his return speech, Prof. Prahlad has told that he was very happy to attend this function and he felt very homely here compared to any other function he attended ever before, as this is the first time he is getting honoured through such a function by our own community. He has added that he was touched by the affection which was poured on him and expressed the need of such a Samajam and extended his whole hearted support for the progress of Samajam. He has also explained to the young generation about his academic and career path which was a moral booster for the young lots who attended. Though there ware no cultural programmes organized as part of this, we could fill that gap by the song of Mrs Biju Prahlad.
Mr V Mani proposed the vote of thanks and the function concluded with National Anthem.
During the Tea -time, members and children could interact with each other and with the chief guest more and they have gone back with a motivated mind especially from the Samajam point of view.
MGS has decided to conduct such functions more in future and honour various dignitaries from our communities who has excelled in their profession.
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Report by Vaipur Balasubrahmannian, Convenor, MGS