DR SMT RAJALAKSHMI PARTHASARATHY FIRST MEMORIAL ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTES

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Celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mrs.Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy

Dear Patrons,

Let us all celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mrs.Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy, fondly known by all as Mrs YGP, on the first anniversary of attaining the eternal abode. An educationist, social worker and founder of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) group of schools in Chennai, Mrs YGP devoted her entire lifetime to the betterment of society through quality education, cultural awareness and appreciation. We have an array of celebrities across cultural, sports and academia sharing their experiences and thoughts about her on this LIVE occasion - many have also been her students !

I for India and Bharat Kalachar are pleased to facilitate this event and we join Ygee Mahendra and Madhuvantii in inviting you all to this virtual commemoration service. A highlight will be a 15 min skit called MR & MRS YGP performed by YgeeM Sudha ARS & Suppini.

We also want to take this opportunity to support the needy performing artists through Bharat Kalachar and raise donations for them. Interested donors kindly transfer whatever little you could to :

Bharat Kalachar Indian Bank Nungambakkam A/c.No.430912042 IFSC - IDIB000N033

For those who live abroad and prefer to pay by PayPal, please send your payments through PayPal to team@iforindia.uk and we will deliver the funds to Bharat Kalachar through our Indian operations. Please find event details in the enclosed flyer and be sure to tune in

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From the Desk of Mr. K. Shivakumar, President

Dear fellow PSBB'ians,

It gives me immense pleasure to highlight the wonderful achievements of G Karthik Balaji, alumnus of PSBB K.K.Nagar.He did his entire schooling at PSBB K.K.Nagar, right from Pre-KG to XII Std, 2004-2019.

A school topper in Xth and XIIth Standards, he scored 497/500 in the CBSE XII board exams in 2019. He secured All India Rank 3 and emerged a CBSE Southern Region topper!

The avid sportsman that he is, he was a regular member of the school cricket team from junior level and also had the honor of leading the school cricket team.

Excelling in contests and competitions, he was a member of the school team that won the Space Settlement Design Competition at the National level and was Runners-up at the Asian level in 2018-19.

He had the honor of receiving an invitation from the Honorable President of India for attending the ‘At Home’ reception at Rashtrapathy Bhavan, New Delhi, on 15th August 2019.

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Mr. K. Shivakumar, President

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Mr. G. Karthik Balaji

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He has now received an invitation from the Ministry of HRD for witnessing the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on 26th January 2020, from the Prime Minister’s box. He is among the 100 meritorious students invited from all over India for the occasion

He is presently studying Computer Science in IIT Hyderabad.

This is one more example of PSBB’ians excelling in whatever field they choose. Dr. (Mrs.) YGP, I am certain, will shower her blessings on Karthik Balaji.

Join me in extending our congratulations to him and wishing him the best in all his endeavors. We can be sure that he will continue to shine in all that he does.


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It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden demise of our beloved Dean Dr. Mrs. YGP on 6th August 2019. May her benevolent soul rest in eternal peace.


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A Big Miss!
- R.S.Murali, Batch of 1975

No more will we hear her voice, no more will we hear her advice, no more will we see her penetrating look – for she is no more! But she IS! More than ever now!

The power of knowledge, tenacity, values that she injected in us as the PSBB DNA has given amazing success to all of us – her students – across the world. Today (August 6th, 2019) it was really shocking for us to learn that she has left her physical body - at 2.41pm. Mentally fit and active till her last breath she was in total command, as usual, until she decided to take leave.

What a legacy she has created! It is not just the PSBB schools and associated schools that she created, what she has done to art and culture through Bharath Kalachar is impossible to perceive – the imprint will remain for generations to come.

This gutsy lady threw a challenge to the traditional ‘convent’ schools several decades ago and created a school which will last forever with ever lasting values embedded with excellence. The first crop of teachers at PSBB was mothers who bravely admitted their children to this ‘unknown’ school! May be that is the reason why the motherly affection of teachers nurtured all of us to grow into well rounded human beings!

Her memory was not photographic in the traditional way; it was digital – both graphic and randomly accessible – and every time you met her she could surprise you with it. Her penchant for perfection was breathtaking and the finesse with which she would dwell deeply in various subjects was mind boggling. And till her last breath she was active in all school activities, meeting teachers and students almost everyday. She would read every correspondence meticulously, writing clearly the instructions for others to follow and complete the task.

Some of us belonging to the earlier batches had the privilege of being taught by her – her favourite Shakespearean plays – in her inimitable style. She was a great teacher, strict and vigilant, brilliant in her expressions and expositions – and the period would just fly away.

As our Big Miss she really left an imprint not only on our memory but also on our faces. Many of her students later in their lives were happy that they had been the recipient of her ‘magical touch’!

Yes ma’am – we will miss you but we will celebrate you, your life, what you lived for, what you passed on to us. We will celebrate the values you stood for, which we will carry to the coming generations not only in our homes, but also in the PSBB schools.

Every PSBB alumnus resolves that he/she would reinforce strongly with his/her alma mater and do everything possible to carry the mantle that she has left for us!

For us it is a BIG MISS and surely, so will you ‘Miss us’ YGP!

Your dear students


Mrs.YGP - A trail-blazer in education
- V Ranganathan, Batch of 1976

At a time when there were few good alternatives to Christian schools, PSBB sprung up from its humble origins, under a thatched roof from Lake Area, Nungambakkam, spearheaded by the indomitable Mrs.YGP, who fostered, nurtured and shaped its growth to a mighty educational institution, with a strong Hindu ethos, that later spawned many branches and inspired many others!

With a missionary zeal, Mrs.YGP invited many celebrities to school functions, collected donations and built the school block by block. She hand-picked the school faculty with care, introduced audio-visuals to supplement classroom lectures and invited cultural troupes from all over the country to perform at the Friday assembly.

While in class IV, I even recall a French Pantomine artist performing on invitation ; the movie shows at the beginning of holidays were another attraction. I was fortunate to study in the school from 1966-76 and was a witness to the evolution and spectacular growth of the PSBB brand equity.

The focus on 'cent per cent' First classes was unwavering and the academic regimen tight but not suffocating during our times ; class instruction was good enough and boys needing tuitions were few and far between. The spirit of the passionate teacher in Mrs.YGP endured well into her 90's and the stern, almost fierce outlook of her early days mellowed with her exposure to liberal school practices the world over.

With remarkable alacrity she would supervise drama rehearsals for the school anniversary. She realised the importance of sports education, the lacunae of a playground and made amends to acquire the same later in our time and also provide swimming pools in TP Road and KK Nagar branches.

In the 60's, parents would put their kids in schools nearby to their homes but when I passed out, families shifted close to PSBB as they did not want their offspring to study anywhere else! I salute the courage , conviction and vision of this great educationist.


What’s in a name by which we call a Rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
- Arya Murali, Batch of 2004

Mrs. Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy to some, Rashmi to some, Big Miss to some, Periamma to some, YGP ma’am to some and Mrs.YGP to some!

A true icon in every sense of the word! RIP YGP Ma’am, will miss you in more ways than one can imagine. Right from the shlokas that I say till the music and art that I enjoy, the values that I live by, are all directly or in directly influenced by you.

I hope I am able to impart atleast some of what I have learned from you to my daughters!

Thank you for everything!

Shree Gurubhyo Namah!


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Message from K. Shivakumar, President

Dear fellow PSBB 'ians

Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Group of schools was founded in 1958 and is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2018. A series of events marked the commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee Year, culminating in the Valedictory function to be held on 12th April 2018 at 6:00 PM. The School & its Management - Mrs. YGP in particular, is happy to invite the Alumni for the Diamond Jubilee Valedictory function. Honorable Defence Minister of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman will be presiding over the function as the Guest of Honor and shall be delivering the key note. The invitation is provided below for your reference and you are requested to kindly attend this function. Please be in your seat by 5:30 PM.

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Please join us for the Inaugural Function of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at Kamaraj Arangam on 22nd February at 5:30 PM

Live webcast of this event @ www.psbbschools.ac.in
Live mobile stream of this event @ m.psbbschools.ac.in

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Mrs. YGP (Dean & Director) PSBB Group of Schools - "Living Legend"

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The PSBB Alumni Account Bank details are:

Indian Bank, Nungambakkam Branch
A/c No: 430954297
A/c Name: PSBB ALUMNI
IFSC Code: IDIB000N033

Contributions to the function must be followed with the following details sent to:
sriram.cadambi@gmail.com
Lakshminarayanan.n@gmail.com


Last Name, First Name Email ID Batch of which year and School Branch Registration for how many persons Amount Remitted Remittance from which Bank
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Ravichandran Ashwin presented with Arjuna Award

Ravichandran Ashwin finishes 2015 as top-ranked Test bowler, all-rounder

R Ashwin was presented the Arjuna Award last year by the Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the Nation's capital.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ashwin has become the first India bowler since Bishen Bedi in 1973 to achieve the milestone of finishing the year in number-one Test position.

Ravichandran Ashwin achieves rare feat after 105 years in the ongoing Test series against South Afria (Oct - Dec 2015)

PSBB Alumni and Indian Off spinner R Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to 150 wickets and also became the first man in over 100 years to bag 50 wickets after opening the bowling during the first Test against South Africa, at Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali.

The 29-year-old reached the milestone in his 29th Test match. Ashwin reached the record when he got South Africa's last man Imran Tahir caught at short leg. Ashwin now also has 100 wickets at home. He is also the fastest to this landmark.

Earlier, EAS Prasanna held the record of being the fastest to 150 wickets for India (34 matches).




"Magic & Logic in Mathematics".

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Book by V. Ramachandran (Former Head of the Dept. Maths, PSBB Nungambakkam) release function. on 25th May 2015 @ PSBB School Nungambakkam)


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"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart".

For PSBBians from the 60s and 70s Geography and Mrs.Sushila Raghavan will always be synonymous. She literally opened our eyes to a whole new world and took us on an unforgettable journey across continents. She pioneered the concept of "Open book tests" way back in the 70s!

The Alumni will ever remember and cherish the values that you imparted as also the years of selfless mentoring that you put in.

Our pranaams and namaskarams on the occasion of your 80th birthday and our best wishes for a happy and healthy life.



Do drop in your birthday wishes to susheelaraghavan@gmail.com


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Alumni or specific batches desirous of contributing to Kalvialaya may get in touch with Shivakumar (President) (shiviyar@yahoo.com) or Selva (mskumar98@yahoo.com).

CONGRATULATIONS KALVIALAYA !!! FOR ACHIEVING 100% PASS RESULTS IN TN X BOARD EXAM

FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A ROW, KALVIALAYA ACHIEVES 100% PASS RESULTS IN TN X BOARD EXAM RESULTS. HIGHEST SCORE OF 87% WITH AVERAGE SCORING OF 76%

Kudos to students, all Teachers , Visiting faculties and Selva.

Kalvialaya extends free quality educational support to Board level students from remote villages and acts as a Guide till they complete graduation and stand on their own.

Kalvialayam Trust situated at Pilapur, Chengalpattu (http://www.facebook.com/kalvialaya) provides free education to rural children in Chengalpattu. The Trust was founded by one of our Alumni, Mr. Selvakumar (Batch of 1976). Mr. Selvakumar was the child of one of our school Ayahs and was provided free education throughout his schooling by the PSBB management.



Class of 1987

The class of '87 celebrated their 25 year reunion with an acknowledgement of appreciation for their teachers. The event was held at the Lake Area school campus on the 22nd December 2012. The event was attended by most of the teachers, Mr. Williams in a wheel chair and Mrs. YGP.


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Way to go Guys!

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Avvaiyar Award for 'Model Woman' by the Tamil Nadu State Government
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YET ANOTHER RECOGNITION for our beloved Guru, Padma Shri Dr. Mrs. YGP, has been awarded the Avvaiyar Award for 'Model Woman' by the Tamil Nadu State Government on the 13th of April 2012!. Dr. Mrs. YGP is the first recipient of this award.

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Woman Achiever Award
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PSBB deputy Dean, Mrs. Sheela Rajendra has been awarded "Woman Achiever Award" for outstanding contribution to the society by the Indo American Association, Chennai on March 30th 2012 by Ms. Jennifer McIntyre, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai. Yet another proud moment for our School!

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K Shivakumar,
President,
PSBB Alumni Association