Activities of the Trust

Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust was  established by Late Padmabhushan K.Sreenivasan in the year 1981 for the promotion of art and literature in India in general and in Coimbatore in particular. In order to fulfill these objectives, the Trust has undertaken the following activities:

Promotion of Literature:
A biannual cash prize has been instituted, to be known as Thirumathi Rangammal Prize named after the mother of the Founder Trustee. It is awarded for the best Tamil novel published in India. An unusual feature of this Award is that the prize is shared between the author and the publisher - 75% of the prize money for the author and 25% for the publisher. We had the pleasure of witnessing Thirumathi Rangammal present the prize for the first year in 1983, on her hundredth birthday. The following prizes have so far been awarded:

Year
Novel Name
Author
Prize Amount(Rs)
1983
Nambikkaikal
Ra.Su.Nallaperumal
10000
1985
Paalangal
Sivasankari
10000
1987
Sembiyar Thilagam
G.A.Vadivelu
10000
1989
Yesuvin Thozharkal
Indra Parthasarathy
10000
1991
Mahanadhi
Prapanjan
10000
1993
Eeram Kasintha Nilam
C.R.Ravindran
10000
1995
1. Sadhuranga Kudhiraikal
Nanjil Nadan
10000
2. Oru Nadhi Odi Kondirukkirathu
V.Sabanayagam
10000
1997
Chinna Chinna Mutrangal
Mohanan
10000
1999
Nalla Nilam
Pavai Chandran
15000
2001
Pinakalin Mukangal
Subra Bharathi Manian
15000
2005
Pogira Vazhi
Muhilai Rasapandian
15000
2007
Ilai Uthir Kaalam
Neela Padmanabhan
20000
2009
Marakkal
Solai Sundaraperumal
20000
2011
Vettupuli
Tamilmaghan
25000

In order to popularise the great classics of Tamil in other languages, a verse translation of Tirukkural in English was published by the Trust. A verse translation of Sundara Kandam of Kamba Ramayanam was published and it was released at the Kamban festival in Madras. These books were translated by Sri Kasthuri Sreenivasan and the publications are low priced so as to reach a large number of interested people.

Promotion of Art

The Trust has been actively functioning for the purposes for which it was founded. The Trust has been frequently conducting painting competitions, workshops for students and public free of cost. The Trust also conducts painting exhibitions, providing cost free exhibition halls and publicity to the concerned artists. So far 79 exhibitions have been held from the year 2003 to 2009 under various banners.

The Trust has instituted annual awards in the year 2008 to students studying fine art subjects known as
MRS.BARBARA SREENIVASAN MEMORIAL AWARDS FOR FINE ARTS.

BIO DATA OF SHRI KASTHURI SREENIVASAN
FOUNDER TURSTEE

 
   
MRS.BARBARA SREENIVASAN
  Shri K.Sreenivasan
   
(6.3.1919) - (10.3.2005)
  (12.5.1917) - (5.7.1991)

Shri K.Sreenivasan was born on 12th May 1917 at Chandrapuram village. On completion of primary school education in his village Karadibavi, he was admitted at the Municipal High School in Coimbatore. Afterwards he joined Presidency College, Madras and got his Bachelor`s degree in Science. Then he Proceeded to United Kingdom and obtained his Master`s degree in Textile Technology from the university of Manchester.

On returning, he spent about 10 years managing his family owned company M/s.Kasthuri Mills Ltd. His interest and dedication to science drove him to become the Director of South India Textile Research Association (SITRA).A number of honours had been bestowed on him during the past three decades. Shri K.Sreenivasan was elected as President of the Textile Association (India) for the years 1959 to 1962. He was awarded the medal of PADMA BHUSHAN in 1969 by the president of India for his outstanding contribution to Textile research. He was elected as Vice President of the Textile Institute in 1978 and subsequently as Chairman of the Textile Institute, South India Section. He was a Director of Bokaro Steel (1964 to 1969), Director of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (1964 to 1968), Chairman of the Textile Committee (1969 to 1972) and Chairman of the National Textile Corporation Ltd. (1974 to 1981).

He was awarded a medal by the Textile Institute, Manchester in 1985 and the above Institute also awarded `COMPANIONSHIP` a month prior to his demise. U.S. based Watumull foundation honoured him by awarding "HONOUR SUMMUS" gold medal for his contributions to Social cultural and Industrial progress in February 1991.

Shri K.Sreenivasan was a passionate writer and had written a number of books and among his works `A Handful of Earth`, `Anatomy of Progress`, `Climbing the Coconut Tree ` (Autobiography) , `Tirukkural` (a verse translation) and `Kambaramayanam` - Sundara Kandam (a verse translation) are well known.

Shri K.Sreenivasan had always felt that while the arts of music, dance and drama had received considerable encouragement from various sources, painting and sculpture had not received similar patronage. It must be mentioned that Mrs. Barbara Sreenivasan was a gifted painter. Hence he established this Trust in 1981. The timely and munificient gift of one acre of land by Shri. G.V.Doraiswamy Naidu in 1983 helped him to take up the construction of the CULTURE CENTRE building and it was opened on 29th August 1988 by the then President of India His Excellency Shri R.Venkataraman.