Serving society is sexagenarian's motto

Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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His energy level defies his age. Even at the ripe age of 69, BN Radhakrishna Rao works tirelessly and wholeheartedly to help the society achieve a holistic development. As an active member of Sri Sri Ravishankar's Art of Living (AoL), he uses a major part of his time and energy to assist people transform their minds to lead a healthy life. As the secretary of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir (SSRVM), he is in-charge of coordinating and conducting AoL's basic/advance courses and cultural events to raise funds for the past five years.

Rao is very passionate and committed to Sri Sri' idea of One World Family — a family beyond religion, caste, creed, economic status and cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries.He was the media coordinator during Sri Sri Ravishankar's visit to Mangalore on February 16, 2011 and at Moodbidri the next day. His philanthropic activities started much before he became an AoL member. It was during his tenure as the secretary of Lions Club, Surathkal, the club adopted Panjimogru village and built Panjimogru primary school with five classrooms in 1973-74.

The single-teacher school now has 13 teachers and around 600 children with over 4.5 acres of land for future development. A Lions Centre was constructed during his tenure as the club's president in 1980. Starting the Lions' Special School for the mentally challenged children in 1993 is Rao's another achievement. At present, the school, which has over 45 children, is run by Lions Seva Trust. Rao was the founder secretary of the trust.

As the project coordinator of the school, Rao was instrumental in organizing a three-day Special Olympics for the special children at Nehru Maidan. The meet was conducted in association with St Agnes Special School.His role in preserving communal harmony in the coastal district too is noteworthy. He along with other social activists played an active role in maintaining peace during the riots that broke out after the demolition of Babri Masjid.

He helped establish the Gopalakrishna Bhajana Mandali in Urundadi Gudde and was instrumental in building a crematorium in Kulur.Recently, he coordinated Music Mantra, a vedic rock concert where youngsters from across the world swayed to bhajans composed as per western music sensibilities. "I am a simple human, who wishes to love all and loved by all. My motto is to care and to share. I am proud of being a Mangalorean, an Aloysian and concerned about the civic amenities and future of Mangalore," Rao, who is a trained engineer and entrepreneur.

Source: The times of India