Women honoured

Novelist and Padmashree Shashi Deshpande presented the award at a ceremony to Dr V Kala, a scientist at the Aeronautical Defence Establishment (ADE). Kala   designed the indigenous Flight Control System for Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft.

Jenny Pinto, a TV commercial producer and director, now manufactures hand- made art paper, tapestry and decorative lamps from agriculture waste, natural fibre and jute. She runs an eco-friendly studio which will soon bring ‘banana fibre paper’ into the market.

Dr Padmini Prasad is a qualified sexologist from Karnataka. Recipient of the  2003 Kempegowda Award, she has authored many books on the subject and runs adolescent counselling helplines.

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