The Tamil month of ‘Margazhi’ has traditionally been marked by devotional music and prayer, a time to invoke the Almighty through music and songs; it is a period when temple corridors to drawing rooms come alive with the chanting of mantras and rich devotional music right from dawn. So it was in the fitness of things that the Vision Research Foundation made an auspicious and melodious beginning to its fund raising efforts on the first day of Margazhi with an enthralling violin concert by Maestro Shri TN.Krishnan accompanied by Shri Sriram Krishnan and Srimathi Viji Krishnan. The music and dinner program organized to create awareness on its activities and raise funds for the Vision Research Foundation’s corpus fund was held on the 17th of December, 2011 at the Mauve&Lilac room at the Raintree Hotel.
Mrs. Akila Ganesan, GM, Sankara Nethralaya the MC for the evening extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests, the performers for the evening and senior officials of Sankara Nethralaya including Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus. The evening’s proceedings got off with an informal meeting between the guests and the hosts, after a round of greetings and exchanging pleasantries it was time for the concert and the guests were treated to a mellifluous flow of music from the violin strings of the Krishnan trio after which they dispersed for dinner.
After some soul stirring music and dinner it was time for some food for thought and this was provided in plenty through an impressive presentation of the growth, achievements and goals of the Vision Research Foundation by Dr Ronnie George its Director and Dr. Ananthkumar Badrinath, Reader, Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology who underlined the need for focused, India centric research in various branches of Ophthalmology and the need to raise funds to support this highly critical initiative undertaken by the Vision Research Foundation.
The Vision Research Foundation plans to hold such awareness creation and fund raising functions at regular intervals to educate the people on its mission and create a corpus fund to meet its objectives.