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By Team Billion Beats | July 2017
Five unsung heroes from different walks of life joined hands to launch a dedicated website for Billion Beats, an initiative started by former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in 2007, to capture success stories of inspiring Indians.
At a simple function held at the Government Tamil Primary School in New Thippasandra (Bengaluru), www.billionbeats.in went live, fulfilling yet another dream of Dr Kalam.
Witnessing the event were around 40 students of the school, their teachers, volunteers and a handful of well-wishers of Dr Kalam.
Among the unsung heroes present were Rani (domestic help), Rajeshwari (apartment assistant), Senthil (mason), Penchilayan (office boy) and Saroja (ayah).
Incidentally, Saroja, a single parent, has been serving the school for the over 10 years, and has educated all her five daughters as well.
Kalavathi H, the Head Mistress of the school, said the teachings of Dr Kalam would be remembered for a long time to come.
“I am happy this school was selected for the launch of Kalam Sir’s website. This will inspire many students,” she said.
Organised by Inspired Indian Foundation, Bengaluru and Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Foundation, Rameswaram, the event also saw the unsung heroes being honoured.
Bengaluru’s most popular traffic constable ‘Singham’ Bhaskar and paratrooper and artist Renjith C Thavaloor did their bit to inspire the students.
In her brief address, Nagoor Roja, granddaughter of Dr Kalam and a lawyer practising at the Karnataka High Court, said the media often created
sensationalism and seldom looked at the success stories of unsung heroes.
“When Dr Kalam launched Billion Beats in 2007, he wanted it to spread the success of Indians and their glad tidings. He said India has islands of success in every field and Billion Beats should connect them to make a garland. He also wanted Billion Beats to create knowledge connectivity among the people,” she said.
The website has several sections featuring the stories of unsung heroes from across India.
From Shabir Hussain Khan of Kashmir who has donated 140 bottles of blood in 34 years, to Sundar the extremely helpful porter at Madurai Railway Station, to the visually-impaired Manjunatha of Mysuru who chased his doctoral dreams successfully against many odds — the Billion Beats menu of unsung heroes is truly inspiring.
‘India of My Dreams’, is a section dedicated to schoolchildren, while ‘Tech Knowledge’ brings to you project work from campuses.
The stories featured are written by teachers, retired service personnel, students, software engineers and journalists.
The design team from CART Communications, the development\hosting team from WebBazaar and video editors from Nirmiti Productions were also honoured during the event.
Video of website launch here: http://bit.ly/2sumdII
More photos of launch: http://billionbeatsofficial.blogspot.in/
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