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Mahantesh Kivadasannavar

Founder & Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled

Development Dialogue 2018 Speaker, ​​Mahantesh Kivadasannavar, Founder & Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled

Mahantesh lost his vision due to typhoid when he still a toddler but is now empowering persons with disabilities and distress in socio-economic-cultural fronts through its various initiatives in education, livelihood, environment, health, nutrition, sports, culture and rehabilitation. He started his career as an English lecturer at University Law College in Bangalore.

He wanted to ensure all possible support to persons with disabilities by providing education and sports facilities on par with their non-disabled peers. In 2010, Mahantesh received the National Award from the Hon. President of India conferred by the Ministry of Women & Child Development. He also won the NDTV Spirit of Sports Award for lifetime achievement for contribution in the field of sports against the odds in 2012.


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