For a budding pianist, who has won numerous accolades, Siva Nagarajan’s piano recital on October 30, 2010 should have been like any other performance, except it wasn’t. Not only was it his first solo performance, but the senior at Klein High School, Texas, made the occasion even more special by requesting friends and family to make a donation to the SN OM Trust in lieu of gifts for him.
The Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust (SN OM Trust) supports the community outreach programmes of Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India.
Through his noble deed, Siva was able to raise $1,000 which will be utilized to perform free surgeries for poor people in India.
As a young boy, Siva would always be captivated hearing about the work done by Sankara Nethralaya in mitigating blindness in India. Having watched his grandfather, Dr. HN Madhavan, President, Vision Research Foundation, the research wing of Sankara Nethralaya, work tirelessly towards finding newer and affordable therapy regimen for various ocular ailments, Siva was determined to contribute towards Sankara Nethralaya’s mission for vision.
As the emcee for his recital, Siva spoke fervently about the community services undertaken by Sankara Nethralaya. The desire to give back to society and moved by Sankara Nethralaya’s work in delivering quality and affordable eye care, Siva was prompted to “be a part of this wonderful effort.”
He hopes his gesture will be an inspiration to all those who attended the recital and those who heard about it. “Several small efforts by individuals can add up to be a great accomplishment,” says Siva.