What to do after class 10 or 12? A perennial question, with the usual answer of engineering or medicine. However, at a career counseling session organized by The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, Ayanambakkam, Vanagaram, here on Saturday – 18th May 2013 young people had an opportunity to discover a whole range of courses in the healthcare sector that could help them build good careers.
A Mahalingam Assistant Registrar inaugurated and brief about the Institution and its facility. And highlighted about “The healthcare service sector is booming. There are many career opportunities here, with institutions offering courses to enhance their specialized manpower. The Sankara Nethralaya Academy is offering many such specialized diploma courses.”
Sri A P Irungovel, Senior Manager – Patients Education & Counseling dept of Sankara Nethralaya given a presentation on Goal – Towards healthcare services.
The 2 years diplomas in Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant, Operation Theatre and Anaesthesia Technology, and BSc Medical Laboratory Courses are all courses recognized by the TN Dr MGR Medical University. And the academy also conducts 2 year – Diploma in Refraction and Dispensing courses. For the +2 completed candidates.
In the Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant course, the students learn about ocular disease and its causes. They learn to assist in ophthalmic surgical procedures, to provide pre and post-operative care to patients and to act as primary and secondary resources to patients, care givers and healthcare professionals.
The Operation Theatre and Anaesthesia Technology course teaches students to assist the anaesthetist, surgeon or nurse in various procedures and to sterilise and disinfect OT rooms following NABH protocols.
A Mahalingam, academic officer & Assistant Registrar of The Sankara Nethralaya Academy, said, “Our courses are designed to get the students jobs. Students who cannot afford to go to college will definitely find jobs after the diploma courses.” For more details, contact 9710485295 or log on to www.thesnacademy.ac.in
The Elite School of Optometry installed its fifth Tamil logmAR chart in the Lakshmi Narsimha Navaneethakrishnan temple in Nanganallur on 13th May 2013 between 10.00 am and 11.00 am on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Trithiya.
The chart was inaugurated by the Councillor, 167th Ward, Nanganallur Ms.Hema and Mr Bharaniprasad, Social activist. Mr Raghavan, Secretary of the temple graced the occasion. Mr Bakthavatchalam, Father of Ms Malini, Intern helped in installing the chart in the temple. Archaeologists estimate that this temple belongs to the the eighth century and the foundation of the gopuram was laid in 1998 by the seer of Ahobila Mutt.
The local residents who gathered during the occasion expressed their happiness and appreciated the effort of the institution in raising awareness about eye care among the public through innovative methods. Few of them also recalled with admiration the door to door awareness session conducted recently by the ESO on World optometry Day. The logMAR chart drew instant and enthusiastic response and a good number of attendees to the inaugural started testing their vision right away with the help of the instructions printed in the chart.
It would be noteworthy to add at this point that the ESO has also installed its logMARcharts at the Anjaneya temple in Ashok Nagar, Anjaneya temple in Nanganallur, Jeeva park in T Nagar and a marriage hall in Bodi which are rendering good service to the locals by enabling them to check their eye sight in a simple way.
We are all familiar with the dictum ‘Do your best and God will take care of the rest” good acts after all seldom go unnoticed. It was such devoted, sincere and selfless efforts by the members of Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust, USA towards raising funds to light up lives in their home country and the sterling work in ophthalmic care by Sankara Nethralaya in terms of cost free, high quality care delivered in the remote rural areas that drew the attention of “Wonder Work”, the global relief organization to Sankara Nethralaya. The relief provider driven by the byline ‘Wonder surgeries for Children’ was particularly impressed by the exclusive status that pediatric surgery received at Sankara Nethralaya and the significant work done in the field of child eye care, from simple squint correction to research and treatment in retinoblastoma, which resulted in a generous donation to Sankara Nethralaya through the good offices of the SN OM Trust USA.
A grateful Sankara Nethralaya family extended a warm welcome to Ms Delois Greenwood, Senior Advisor, Global Programs, Wonder Work on a visit to its centers to gain a firsthand knowledge and feel of the institution, so thoughtfully supported by her organization. After a tour of the Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center (JCOC), Jagadguru Kanchi Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Nethra Nilayam (JKCN), Ms. Delois was taken around the various blocks of Sankara Nethralaya Main including the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institution for Research in vision and ophthalmology before joining senior members of the Sankara Nethralaya family including Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Dr Vasanthi Badrinath, Director, Laboratory Services and Ms Akila Ganesan, Senior General Manager for an informal chat at the board room. The meeting started with a briefing on the community services being carried out by Sankara Nethralaya especially in the area of child eye care in terms of creating awareness and educating school teachers by Ms Akila Ganesan. Ms Delois gave an interesting brief on the inception of Wonder Work in year 1987 and its growth, its highly professional and enterprising CEO and Co-founder Mr. Brian Mullaney who leveraged his considerable skills in PR and advertising skills for a non-profit and noble cause, she explained that Wonder Work was started primarily to provide surgical relief and care to children as most charities focused on programmes like polio eradication and other ailments and the area of child surgery remained largely unserved. Ms Delois highlighted that Wonder Work was funding surgeries for cataract, club foot, treatment of burns and hydrocephalitis and USD – a condition where a hole is formed in the heart. Showering praise on Sankara Nethralaya as a “Place of Hope” she observed that Wonder Work chose to partner with Sankara Nethralaya on account of its
• Being extremely well qualified to provide service
• Vast outreach capability
• Follow up care
• Education and training initiatives
Ms Delois was thoroughly briefed on the work done by Sankara Nethralaya in the area of retinopathy of prematurity, research in the early detection of retinoblastoma, Elsemia, research towards immunization against cataract, free outdoor eye camps, on the spot spectacle dispensing, assistance received from Orbis and Mahima Foundation for pediatric ophthalmology, Education and training of African Doctors, eye care campaigns in Botswana, Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya, by Dr. SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Dr. S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya, Dr. Sheila John, Dr. Krishna Kumar and Dr. Vikas Khaitan.
The significant all round advancements made by Sankara Nethralaya and the audio visual presentation of the twin surgical bus campaign and other eye care camps made a deep impression on Ms Delois Greenwood. She expressed that the purpose of her visit was to introduce her organization, learn more about Sankara Nethralaya and explore new areas of support and assistance that Wonder Work could extend in the years to come and she was highly satisfied with the visit and interactions at different levels.
My husband being an alumnus of Sankara Nethralaya, we keep getting mailers giving information on various happenings in the institution. It was one such mailer informing about a certificate course in hospital management that drew my attention.
I wanted to get some idea about what was involved in managing a hospital and the fact that the course timings were convenient, the duration short but not too short and finally, the impeccable reputation of the institution all contributed to me applying for the course. Within two days, I was enrolled in the course. Everything was seamlessly managed through email. My doubts were cleared, online payments were arranged and I was all set to attend the course.
From the first day, I recognized that this was a professionally organized course for professionals. How much we can take back home from the course depends on how much we are involved in the learning process.
The faculty comprised of experts in their chosen fields with a lot of practical knowledge. The classroom provided a good platform for them to teach us how theory and practice could be integrated. The modules themselves gave us an introduction to the various facets of running a hospital finance, administration, personnel, law, technology, human resource, etc.
The faculty was open to discussions and questions and in fact encouraged us to mail them with feedback and doubts if any. The entire experience was very enriching and has sown the seed in my mind to learn more about the various topics.
I hope SN Academy arranges periodical one day seminars on individual topics so that we are able to keep abreast of what is happening in the management field. I also hope that in future more faculty from Sankara Nethralaya also participate in the program as collectively they have a wealth of experience which they can share with us.
My best wishes to SN Academy for the success of all its ventures and endeavours.
Jaya Eye Care Centre,
The Sankara Nethralaya mobile surgical bus engineered to take top quality eye care to the most inaccessible regions, especially regions not served by a health care facility in the neighbourhood received a call to fulfill its avowed mission when the Sankara Nethralaya Community services team decided to reach out quality eye care to ‘Chunampet’ a remote hamlet about 140 kilometers away from Chennai, on the Madurantakam -Pondicherry route. The location of the camp was chosen on the basis of non-availability of quality eye care in the region and in deference to the wish of Shri C.Ramakrishna, Member of the Board, Medical Research Foundation who has his roots in this village. Shri Ramakrishna had most thoughtfully arranged for the food, refreshments to the patients and the outdoor team involved in the operation including the stay of the outdoor team during the 5 days of the camp. Shri C.Ramakrishna had also coordinated with the Dr Mohan’s diabetes hospital to use the premises of the ‘Sri Sai Rural Diabetes Centre’ their community health initiative in Chunampet as an assembling and waiting point for the patients and to park the Mobile surgical units.
The outdoor team consisting of Consultants Dr S.Sudarhsan and Dr Sridhar Baratan and the paramedical teams reached Chunampet on the morning of 22nd April and the eye screening camp was conducted on 22nd and 23rd of April. There was a good turnout of 259 people mainly landless farm labourers and small farmers from Chunampet and surrounding villages who had no access or wherewithal to go to an eye care centre. A total of 26 patients were diagnosed with cataract at varying stages and needing surgical intervention, pre-operative tests were carried out to ascertain that they were fit for surgery and they were asked to report to the same venue on the 27th and 28th in batches of 13 each day, to undergo surgery. The patients were again subjected to surgery fitness tests on the day of the surgery and cataract surgery was carried out successfully at the operation theatre on wheels, after which they could return to their homes.
A post operative camp was conducted on the 30th of April to thoroughly examine if the patients were progressing well, if their vision had improved and to rule out any post operative complication. All the 26 patients were found to be normal and had responded well to the surgery and expressed their happiness at gaining back their eyesight. A highlight of the camp was the visit and participation of Dr SS. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus and Dr. Vasanthi Badrinath, Director, Clinical Services, Sankara Nethralaya. They had come with a view of assessing the quality and efficacy of the mobile surgical camps at the clinical level and their cost and benefit. The head of Sankara Nethralaya studied the case reports at random, interacted with the Consultants and their support team members and picked up a conversation with the beneficiaries to gauge the impact of the camp and their experience.
The Chunampet camp turned out to be a highly successful mission for the Mobile Surgical Bus and also a learning session for future camps.
Sankara Nethralaya and its associate institutions, it would seem have a magical quality about them, traveling back in time and taking a close look at their inception and growth one is truly amazed by the magic which drew the right people into their fold to make the dream and passion of the young vitreo retinal surgeon from the US a reality. He had a vision and foresight and the right men and women simply joined him as people join a great movement. Sankara Nethralaya was recently honoured by the visit of one such stalwart, a man who was part of this great movement, a man who shared the founder’s passion and dream and the man who laid a strong foundation to the Elite School of Optometry (ESO). The young at heart Septuagenarian Professor Dr.PP.Santanam who served as the ESO’s first Principal and a man who continues to offer weekly lectures at the place where his heart is, paid a visit to Sankara Nethralaya accompanied by Dr R.Krishna Kumar, the current Principal to meet his old friend and colleague Dr SS.Badrinath, to share his thoughts and most importantly to make a huge donation to the ESO, to quote his own words “a donation towards the cause of progress of optometry and to keep the ESO the Numero Uno optometry institution in the country”.
Professor PP.Santnam attributed Dr SS.Badrinath’s foresight and vision as the most important factors in the development of optometry as an important science in the country, getting it its due pride of place among other health sciences and its role in overall ophthalmic care. He gave a most absorbing account of how he became the first Principal of the ESO on his return from the Barbados, West Indies although he was neither an optometrist nor an ophthalmologist but a specialist in occupational health medicine and safety, as Dr SS. Badrinath wanted the new institution to be headed by man who would set a great personal example. He took an interesting walk back into the past when he was advisor to the government of Barbados on occupational health, adding with a twinkle in his eye that he was a neighbor during those years to none other than the cricketing legend Sir Garfield St.Aubrun Sobers and how he would serve the spinning legend Venkataraghavan his favourite curd rice when he toured the Barbados, West Indies.
It was amazing to note that this great educationist had emphasized on the need to develop soft skills, general knowledge, societal commitment need for lateral thinking and usage of computers among the students of the ESO way back in the eighties when these things were unheard of. No wonder that the ESO remains a first in its class institution to this day.
Dr PP.Santanam presented a cheque for a significant sum of rupees thirty lakhs to be converted into two equal corpus funds, in honour of his parents Former Judge Shri P.V.Parameswara Iyer and Srimathi Kamala Bai and his parents’ in-law Dr S.Ramakrishnan and Srimathi Bhagavathi, to meet the cost towards research, training, education, development of Occupational Optometry and other community activities of the ESO.
The communication department of Sankara Nethralaya decided to use the golden opportunity to pose a few questions to the stalwart and we take pleasure in bringing some excerpts of the Q&A Session below
Interview with Professor PP.Santanam, Board Member, ESO and Retired Principal
Tamil New Year’s Day falling on 14th April 2013 marked the culmination of a Special Economic Zone’s dream to bring a human touch to its endeavour in bringing about a world class industrial facility and hub and marked yet another mile stone in the journey of a service oriented eye care institution towards providing quality eye care across boundaries. The day marked Sri City Special Economic Zone and Sankara Nethralaya’s dream of providing quality ophthalmic care to the employees of the various units in the zone and cost free care to the poor and needy villagers of the region.
The chanting of Vedas and mantras at the first floor of Sri City’s Central hospital marked the auspicious beginning to the inaugural function of the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya to function from this venue, this was followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting by Dr.MYS.Prasad, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in the presence of the distinguished invitees, donors/supporters, well wishers, senior management and staff members of both organizations, vendors/contractors to the project and local villagers who would be benefiting out of the facility. After a quick honouring of the chief guest, guest of honour, the consultant who would be posted at the new facility and the internal and external teams involved in the project, the action moved to the Sri City business center.
The proceedings at the filled to capacity business center started with a warm welcome address by Srimati Akila Ganesan, Senior General Manager, Sankara Nethralaya and an invocation song to Gajanan the Lord of auspicious beginnings by Ms Sumana Vishnu Vahan, wife of Dr Vishnu Vahan, Consultant, Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya.
Speaking on the occasssion Shri Ravi Sanna Reddy, MD, Sri City Special Economic Zone remarked that it was both the toughest and happiest day in his life as the 45 day challenge was completed with clockwork precision, he expressed his profuse thanks to Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya for consenting to his request for a joint eye care initiative and attributed its inception to his blessings. Shri Reddy closed his address with a note of thanks to the Chief Guest, Guest of honour Professor Mani Sundaram, the first Principal of the REC, Trichy and former Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Shri Chandrasekhar formerly of L&T who brought about the alliance between the two organizations and Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya.
Dr SS.Badrinath started his address on a vibrant note that if the Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya embodied Balaji service the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya would embody Sriharikota service, he complimented the teams involved for their ‘4 week magic’ denoting the short frame of time in which the project was completed. He added in lighter vein that the new facility would propel itself to glorious heights in record speed as it was inaugurated by the head of India’s premier rocket launch center. Dr Badrinath highlighted that the new facility would serve the staff members of industrial units in the zone, serve as a referral hospital for camp patients and as a cost free eye care center for the poor and needy villagers in the region. Dr SS.Badrinath declared that Nanobiotechnology and stem cell therapy would bring about sweeping changes in the clinical processes and treatment and Sankara Nethralaya as a pioneer in these fields would enter into a larger area beyond ophthalmology in the years to come.
Shri Chandrasekhar the man who acted as the bridge between the two institutions congratulated the two pioneers for coming together and making it happen in a short time. He made a surprise announcement that Dr Sathya Atluri, the world famous Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer from Phoenix, USA and recipient of the Padma Bhushan for 2013 has made a large contribution to the new facility and read out his greeting message for the inaugural function to the thunderous applause of the gathering. Dr Krishna Kumar, Principal Elite School of Optometry gave an interesting note on the pioneering role of Dr SS.Badrinath and Professor PP.Santanam in the development of occupational optometry, finding a place of importance for this field and its relevance in overall ophthalmic care. He added that as an eye care facility located in an industrial zone the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya would enable better vision to the employees of the diverse units to enable vision and better productivity through occupational optometry.
Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Dr .MYS Prasad, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre thanked the organizers for the honour, he remarked that it was age old wisdom that one should do a noble deed on New year’s day and there could not be anything more noble than starting a service oriented health care facility. He expressed his happiness and satisfaction that just like the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sri Harikota the Sri City Special Economic Zone also did not displace or disturb local villagers but made them an inclusive part of its growth. He expressed that as one grew old one had the tendency to look for torch bearers to carry forth one’s work and Sri Sanna Reddy was a great hope in this direction. The guest of honour Professor Manisundaram, the first Principal of the Regional Engineering College, Trichy and Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathidasan University had a high word of praise for his student Sri Ravi Sanna Reddy and added that the government should outsource its projects to dynamic people like him to ensure timely completion.
The high power function came to an end with acknowledgements for their contribution towards timely completion of the project and kick off to the Sankara Nethralaya and Sri City teams and vendors by Sri Suresh Kumar, Manager Projects, Sankara Nethralaya and a warm vote of thanks by Dr Eesh Nigam, Associate Consultant, who would be in-charge of the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya.
World Optometry Day has always been an occasion for the Elite School of Optometry (ESO-run by Sankara Nethralaya in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) to demonstrate its concern care for society. Right from its early days, ESO has taken small steps to create awareness about eye care among the public, through exhibitions, rallies, interactive sessions, competitions for schools and vision screening.
This year, in a different move to raise awareness among the public on various ocular problems like Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma, a door to door campaign by the students of Optometry was arranged in the residential areas of Nanganallur on Sunday the 7th April 2013, between 9:00am and 11:30am. Student and faculty members of ESO went on a door to door and explained about Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma, as the symptoms and critical implications of these conditions are yet to reach the public in large. They also distributed brochures, about these conditions, eye donation forms and conducted a “Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy-Are you at risk?” survey.
Imbibing the culture and value of “social accountability” from its alma mater Sankara Nethralaya, the Elite School of Optometry with its 140 members as 15 teams, spread the light of eye care awareness among 1020 families in Nanganallur. The Elite School of Optometry and –Sankara Nethralaya conduct free eye camp for the public on the second Sunday of every month between 8.00 am. and 1.00 pm in the Nanganallur Anjaneya temple premises.
Welcoming the Chief guest, Honourable members from the DG Vaishnav College, awardees, the Members of Medical Research Foundation, Vision Research Foundation and the Sankara Nethralaya family, Ms.Sudha Mohan, Sr.Manager, HR, aptly quoted William Butler Yeats who said “Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of fire”, to ignite the passion of learning and acquire knowledge. She complimented Lion Sri Haridas, Secretary, DG Vaishnav College and member Board of Governors, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy for his initiative in conducting a Basic Computer Training program for Sankara Nethralaya employees at the DG Vaishnav College.
Col.N.Raghavan, Projects, Sankara Nethralaya, Introduced the Chief Guest, Sri.V.R.Gopalakrishnan, Senior Journalist and profusely thanked him for gracing the occasion, he recalled his long and interesting association with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He highlighted that a prolific writer and thinker, Sri.Gopalakrishnan was a man endowed with a rare quality that coupled scholarly education and politeness. He mentioned that the immensely popular Rama’s café at Kanchipuram belonged to Sri.Gopalakrishnan’s family and he has very magnanimously offered their Sri Rama buildings at Greams Road for the operation of the Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center at a highly subsidized rent.
Starting off with a Prayer to Lord Ganesha, the Chief guest, Sri.V.R.Gopalakrishnan, said he felt diffident, but chose to attend the function because of the long association he had with Dr.SS.Badrinath dating to the early 70s. He highlighted the juxtaposition of events and called it divine persuasion when Dr.SS. Badrinath was called on to operate upon the Paramacharya and how he played host when the Badrinaths stayed for a week at Kanchipuram. Sri Gopalakrishnan hailed Dr.SS.Badrinath as an expert in treating vitreous haemorrage with the help of a Xenon laser, which was scarcely available in India then and how the veteran used this to advantage while treating him.
Shri Gopalakrishnan was torrential and inexorable in his anecdotes, exhaustively quoting scriptures of Thayumanavar, Appudhi Adigal, Koorathazwar and Adhi Sankara he touched upon Paramacharya’s astuteness which brought upon cosmic frequency in every aspect beyond his philosophy and doctrines. Sri Gopalkrishna deftly quoted Adi Shankara’s Bhaja Govindam, wherein the sage admonishes manhood as “Moodamathe”, that no matter how scholarly one were, liberation was only through wisdom and one must pursue that path through Karma, Bhakthi or Gnana and by being selfless in service like Dr.SS.Badrinath.
Dr.SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus introducing Lion Shri P. Haridas, Secretary, DG Vaishnav College, said that he was a humane personality, a legal luminary and a charismatic man who founded many educational institutions. He was profusely thankful for the initiative that Shri Haridas had taken to train Sankara Nethralaya employees at the DG Vaishnav College. He showered encomiums for the steady support Shri Haridas rendered for the Television production of Sankara Nethralaya programs.
Distributing the certificates to employees who had undergone “Basic Training in Computer education”, Dr.S.Narasimhan, Principal, DG Vaishnav College and Dr.T.Santhanam, Head of the Computer Science Department, echoed that their institution traversed beyond the realm of education and training, to being resourceful in the interest of the community by prominently associating with NGOs for transcending education both to the public and engaging in projects such as “Green Club”.
A total of 67 certificates were distributed to Sankara Nethralaya employees who had successfully completed the basic training programme. The function also witnessed awarding of service recognition certificates to Sri.Suresh Kumar, Projects for his dedicated involvement in the Sri City Sankara Nethralaya project and Sri.Narasimhulu, House keeping department for his exemplary integrity shown in promptly handing over a lost wallet containing money.
The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Sri.Sampath Kumar, Head, IT and Systems, Sankara Nethralaya.
When a good-natured notion transforms into a valiant process, it is impossible to match. When a thoughtful idea turns into an insightful project, it is impossible to fathom. When a good intention becomes a remarkable action, it is indeed impossible to describe. It was exactly this that was done during the “Small Acts of Kindness-2013” performance for Sankara Nethralaya on March 30th, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
As a sequel to the first “Small Acts of Kindness” program that took place in October 2011 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, this year’s performance was targeted at a broader variety of people, hence the programme included songs in Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi. A highly talented group of music lovers and performers –Prabhu Shankar, Manoj Krishnan, Shruthi Prabhu, Sahana Prabhu, Anjali Varghese, Sumithra Prabhu, Aarthi Giri, and Sankara Nethralaya OM Trustee – “Singer” Prabhu–joined together this time around to make this program a huge success. The singers were accompanied by yet another exceptional group of performing musicians–Joe, Shino (from Chicago), Isaac & Eugene—who truly entertained the ecstatic crowd of about 200 people who gave reviews that were never less than astounding.
Incorporating songs such as “Oru Murai,” from Mani Chitra Thaazhu, “Deewangi Deewangi,” from Om Shanthi Om, and “Nenjukulle,” from Kadal, the lively, bubbly crew put together an unforgettable performance that never failed to get the crowd on its feet, asking for more. The program was described by a plethora of spectators as “incredible,” “one of the best concerts of the year,” “astoundingly lively & interesting,” & “memorable.”
The “Small Acts of Kindness-2013” effort collected a net sum that could assist to the tune of about 65 free surgeries at Sankara Nethralaya- Chennai, India. There was a multitude of other magnanimous volunteers from the Metroplex that assisted in the smooth conduct of the event.
If anything is certain from this event, it is the fact that this will not be the last effort of this multitalented group of people. Dedication goes a long way, and most definitely, there will be many more wonderful performances in the months and years to come to entertain the DFW crowd and other cities to assist Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai.