Top women achievers in Bangalore - Series 1
Arundathi Nag – actress, theatre personality, founder Rangashankara
A respected and remarkable theatre personality of the city, Arundathi has been involved with multilingual theatre in India for over 25 years. She got involved with Indian people's theatre association (IPTA) in Mumbai and did various productions in Guajarati, Marathi, and Hindi theatre and then in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English in Bangalore. She then went on to play roles in cinema like the Kannada filmJogiand Hindi film Paa. Though born in New Delhi, she moved here with her husband actor-director Shankar Nag and has been an influential person in the Bangalore theatre scene. She also founded RangaShankara, a performance space that every theatre lover adores.
Ashwini Ponnappa – Arjuna Award-winning Olympian badminton player
A young face in badminton, Ashwini has proven her skill time. She has represented the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles. She has a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair has won many medals in international events. She won gold at the South Asian Games 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games (mixed doubles with Jwala Gutta), which was a monumental win for India. She also played doubles at the London Olympics 2012.
Sudha Murthy – Philanthropist, Author and Chairperson, Infosys Foundation
Sudha Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation. She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities, and established The Murthy Classical Library of India' at Harvard University.
Lakshmi Pratury – Founder, INKTalks
Lakshmi Pratury is an entrepreneur, curator, speaker; she is the founder and CEO of INK. She also is the host and curator of live events and inktalks.com. Lakshmi also serves as director of the SingularityU India Summit in association with INK, the first ever summit in Asia by Singularity University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named as "Inspirational Icon" at the Audi Ritz Awards in 2015and being included inForbes Magazine's2010 list of "Women to Watch in Asia".
Saalumarada Thimmakka – Environmentalist, Winner of National Citizen & Award India
Saalumarada Thimmakka is an Indian environmentalist from the state of Karnataka, noted for her work in planting and tending to 384 banyan trees along a four-kilometer stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur. Her work has been honored with the National Citizens Award of India. A U.S. environmental organization based in Los Angeles and Oakland, California called Thimmakka & Resources for Environmental Education is named after her..