Profiles of the
Young Achievers for 2006

SHIKHA TANDON
At just 21, she has an impressive list of national and international records, awards and outstanding achievements to her credit. Probably the most illustrious record of them all is being the only Indian representative in her category at the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens.

National swimmer Shikha Tandon is an inspiration to anybody, in any field.

At the international level, she has won 2 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals. She has toured the world extensively, and represented India at prestigious events. Apart from the Olympics, Shikha has done us proud with superb performances at the World Swimming Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Afro-Asian Games, Asian Swimming Championships, South Asian Federation Games and Asia-Pacific Swimming Championships.

At the national level, Shikha has won a total of 130 medals, 104 of which are gold. She has to her credit several unmatched records. She holds 7 individual concurrent national records in swimming—a feat unmatched by any Indian swimmer to date. She has set 46 national records in swimming for Karnataka. She is also the only Indian swimmer, since 1986, to qualify for the finals in a swimming event at the Asian Games, and to represent the country in 3 consecutive World Aquatic Championships.

Shikha has won several coveted awards, which include the Arjuna Award, the Ekalavya Award, and the Karnataka Olympic Association Award. She was also chosen the Best Female Swimmer by the Swimming Federation of India for 3 consecutive years and the Best Female Swimmer at the Sub-Junior and Junior National Aquatic Championships for 8 consecutive years.

Shikha was the first sportsperson to receive the Government of India Scholarship for Assistance to Promising Sportspersons.

Currently pursuing a Masters programme in Biotechnology, Shikha has shown consistency in academic performance as well. Her aim is to earn a Ph.D. in Genetics.

For her commitment to her chosen field, outstanding achievements and immensely inspiring personality, we are proud to honour Shikha Tandon with the Rotary Bangalore Midtown & Brigade Group Young Achiever 2006.


Update:
Shikha Tandon is pursuing a Masters' programme in bio-genetics in the US. Received the Rajyotsava Award in 2008. In training (at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland) for the Commonwealth Games.

 

MANASI PRASAD
She has won prestigious scholarships and is ranked amongst the top 10 students across all IIMs in India. She is a gifted Indian classical vocalist, who has performed in India and abroad, released solo albums and been a cultural ambassador to Chile. She is also a talented dancer.

25 year-old Manasi Prasad's achievements are a unique blend of excellence in two fields that both require tremendous focus and rigour.

Manasi is an exceptional student. She was awarded the Singapore Airlines Scholarship to complete 2 years of junior college in Singapore. In 2005, Manasi was the recipient of the Aditya Birla Scholarship—awarded to the top 10 students across IIMs in India. She has recently completed a prized internship at Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, New York.

In the field of music and dance, Manasi has been presented a number of awards and scholarships. These include the Central Government Junior and Senior Music Scholarships and the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy Scholarship. She has performed over 500 concerts, released 4 solo albums, sung in many more and lent vocal support to several dance productions. She is a regular performer on TV and on AIR.

With her exceptional talent, it is not surprising that Manasi was chosen to become a Fellow of the Melton Foundation—a prestigious international organisation, headquartered in USA, that brings together individuals across cultures, to build one global community. As a Melton Fellow, she was invited as a cultural ambassador to Chile, South America, to present lecture demonstrations and conduct workshops on Indian music and dance.

Synergising her musical gifts with her academic brilliance, Manasi aspires to set up her own IIM—an Indian Institute of Music, based in Bangalore.

This all-rounder has exhibited an outstanding achievement by balancing her serious musical career with an equally demanding academic course. For this, we are proud to honour Manasi Prasad with the Rotary Bangalore Midtown & Brigade Group Young Achiever 2006.


Update:
Manasi Prasad currently heads the Music Project at Brigade Group. Won many awards including the prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Has performed on television and radio. Sung and composed music for several albums.

 

BASAVARAJ T. HORADDI
We are proud to recognise and acknowledge the achievements of 18 year-old Basavaraj T. Horaddi, in the field of special sports for the physically challenged. Although he hails from a remote village in Mudhol Taluk, his achievements have taken him to the national and international level, in his chosen domain.

In the field of special sports for the physically challenged, Basavaraj T. Horaddi has participated in, and won several prizes in various prestigious international and national events. He has traveled the world and has attended international sports meets at Belgium, Sri Lanka, England, Australia and Ireland. Most recently he has participated in the DSE British Open Athletics Championships, held in Manchester in 2005, the Annual Athletic Championship in Sri Lanka in 2004, and the Belgium Paralympic Championship in 2004. He was also selected by the Paralympic Committee of India to participate in the British Open Athletic Competition held in Birmingham. Representing India, in events such as athletics, long jump, high jump and shot-put, he has done us proud by winning five gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.

At the national level, Basavaraj Horaddi has many admirable achievements and records to his credit. He has participated in the Karnataka State Junior Athletic Championship and the 6th National Games for the Disabled, both held in Bangalore in 2004; the 7th Senior & 2nd Junior National Paralympic Athletics Meet; as well as the First South Zone Athletics meet for the Disabled. At all these events, Basavaraj Horaddi has actively participated in a range of events including athletics, long jump, high jump and shot-put, to name a few. The many awards and prizes won display a high level of determination and passion in this chosen field. His love for sports, combined with the drive to excel, will ensure that Basavaraj Horaddi will have a long and successful career in the field of special sports for the physically challenged.

For his admirable achievements and inspiring personality, we are proud to present a special prize to Basavaraj T. Horaddi.

 
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