17th January 2016 was the 70th birthday of Smt M Radha (Radha sister), a compassionate health care professional who has been dedicatedly serving humanity for over 5 decades. As a tribute to her commitment to the Health Profession and to Humanity at large, ATMA Foundation organized a seminar on the topic ‘Health & Harmony’ for students of health and helping professions.

The seminar, conducted on 17th January 2016 at Sahitya Academy Hall, Thrissur, was well attended by over 250 delegates. The aim of the seminar was to initiate among the students, an attitude build-up and value orientation about holistic approach and compassion in health interventions. It was also an opportunity for the upcoming professionals to interact with role models in the field, and listen to their views and experiences.

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The seminar was inaugurated by Padmasri P R Krishnakumar, MD, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Coimbatore and Chancellor, Avinashilingam Institute of Home Science and Higher Education for Women. He also gave the keynote address. The inaugural session was chaired by Dr M R Chandran, Principal, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur.  C K Suresh, Chairman, ATMA Foundation, gave the introductory note.

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The next session on ‘Holistic Approach to Health Interventions’ was chaired by Dr V K Ramankutty, Former Principal, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur. Dr Smitha Ramdas, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College, Thrissur, Dr V T Ravi, Consultant Neurologist, Moulana Hospital Perinthalmanna , and Vd M Prasad, Principal, Ashtamgam Ayurveda Hospital, addressed the delegates on the topic.

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After lunch, Dr Nidhish Kumar of Vaidyamandiram Heritage, Palayoor, presented his paper on ‘Holistic Health Inte rvention’, which was the best entry of the Paper Presentation Competition announced by ATMA Foundation as part of the seminar.

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The afternoon session on Compassion in Helping Professions was chaired by Dr K N Gopakumaran Kartha, Principal, PKDIMS, Vaniyamkulam. The topic was dealt in detail by a faculty panel consisting of Dr M R Rajagopal, Founder Chairman, Pallium India Dr T Manoj Kumar, Managing Trustee, MHAT and Dr P V Ajayan, Additional Professor of ENT, Medical College, Thrissur.

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In the evening, in a colourful public function at the same venue, Smt M Radha was honoured by friends, colleagues and dignitaries. The function commenced with a carnatic performance by the senior students of ATMA Kalakshetram led by their Guru Smt Nirmala Vamanan Namboothiri, renowned artiste. C K Suresh, Chairman, ATMA Foundation presided over the function. Sri K K Komalakumar, Secretary ATMA Foundation, gave the welcome note. Dr E Divakaran, Director, Institute of Palliative Care, Thrissur introduced Radha Sister and her work. The dignitaries who graced the function included Sri Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA, Smt Ajitha Jayarajan, Hon Mayor of Thrissur, Dr M R Rajagopal, Founder Chairman Pallium India, and office bearers of the Pain & Palliative Society Thrissur – Dr A K Unnikrishnan, Chairman and Dr K Aravindakshan, Joint Secretary. Radha Sister, in her reply address, reiterated that, at 70, she still felt that it was her duty Ms Sangeetha N, ATMA Volunteer, proposed the vote of thanks.

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