10 May 2017, Kotagiri: Radio Kotagiri covered the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Padmashri Dr. S. Narasimhan, the founder of Nilgiri Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA). The celebrations spanning 10 days from 28th April to 8th May had a number of programmes including the Conference on Tribal Health which is of particular importance to Radio Kotagiri as it ties in with their project “Science for Women’s Health and Nutrition”. The was scheduled for the first two days of the celebrations and the guest of honour was Dr. K. C. Malhotra, Anthropologist and Human Ecologist from New Delhi.
The conference covered sickle cell anaemia and cardiovascular disease among indigenous communities and a number of medical practitioners presented their research findings regarding sickle cell anaemia. The participants discussed cost-effective modalities of treatment and medical collaborations which would benefit communities. The centenary events also included an exhibition of medical products and tribal handicrafts, food festival, dances and a rally for Organic Nilgiri and Fair Trade.
Thanvish, RJ – Radio Kotagiri, interviewed Ms. Rosalyn Mulgi, Trustee, NAWA, a day prior to the celebrations. Ms. Mulgi spoke about Dr Narasimhan, the history of NAWA, Ms. Victoria Armstrong and also her own personal commitment to education of tribal youth. The interview and highlights of the conference were broadcast on 30th April, Dr. Narasimhan’s birth anniversary.
NAWA is a leading charitable organisation based in Kotagiri that is working for the wellbeing of tribals. NAWA supports empowerment of tribal communities, especially women, through self-help groups and trainings in entrepreneurship and capacity development. They also work towards developing leadership skills in youth and are actively documenting, preserving and promoting tribal culture.