Chennai: On Wednesday, December 12, YourStory recognised and celebrated the stories and work of disruptors of Tamil Nadu with first leg of YourStory 2018 Disruptors event.
Around 15 disruptors of Tamil Nadu in various fields, ranging from education, governance, technology, business, entrepreneurship, art and culture, literature, agriculture, and entertainment. Each of the disruptors facilitated at the event shared their stories of innovation, vision, foresight and perseverance in different categories.
Yourstory disruptors of Tamil Nadu 2018 are:
- PandiaRajan, Tamil Nadu Minister for Classic Tamil language, Tamil culture and Archeology, and founder of Ma Foi, a global HR firm, in Politics
- DrSanthoshBabu, IAS, IT Secretary, Tamil Nadu, in Governance
- Karthik Kumar, Co-founder, Evam, in Art and Culture
- MithunSancheti, Founder and CEO, Carat Lane, in Ecommerce
- Kumaravel, Founder, Naturals, in Entrepreneurship
- ArunVasu, Chairman, TT Group, who backed fisherfolk and surfer Megavan Murthy to establish a surfing school in Kovalam, in Sports
- “Hot Breads” Mahadevan, Founder, Oriental Cuisine, in Food and Beverage
- MurugavelJanakiraman, Founder and CEO, Bharat Matrimony, in Tech Platform
- Vinoth Kumar, Organic Agriculture Expert, in Agriculture
- Sivashankari, Author, in Literature
- HemalathaAnnamalai, Founder, Amphere Motors, in Manufacturing
- RangarajPandey, former Editor-in-Chief, Thanthi TV, in Journalism
- Sriram, Founder, Nalandaway Foundation, in Social Sector
- Gayathri and Pushkar, Tamil filmmakers, in Entertainment.
“The biggest takeaway from this event has been that we have so many local heroes in India itself. They’re all disruptors and their individual stories are so very inspirational,” said YourStory CEO and Founder Shradha Sharma.
The highlight of the event was the felicitation of the Disruptors of Tamil Nadu and the Legend of Disruption Award, which was posthumously awarded to Late Chinni Krishnan who brought about the sachet revolution in the country. His sons CK Kumaravel, CK Ranganathan, CK Ashok Kumar and CK Rajkumar received the Legend of Disruption award on their late father’s behalf.
C.K. Kumaravel, Founder of Naturals, said that the event was made special because of the awardees. He added each of the awardees have disrupted their category and created a new way of life for all stakeholders.Business was going on a particular way when they came in and after that, life changed!” he added.
The eminent jury that selected the disruptors of Tamil Nadu included SushilaRavindranath, senior business journalist; Surendran, Founder of Success Gyan; Kavya Nair, Advay Capital; Sanjay Enishetty, Partner 50k Ventures; and DrPalaniappan, Medway Hospital.