Balam Kalyanasundaram nominated for Padma Award – Who is he?

Balam Kalyanasundaram nominated for Padma Award – Who is he?

  • author, Divya Jayaraj
  • position, BBC Tamil


Can you believe that America’s Bill Clinton wanted to meet a person born in a Kadakodi hamlet of Kalakkadu Panchayat, Tirunelveli District, Nanguneri Taluk, Tamil Nadu? He is Balam Kalyanasundaram!

Social worker Balam Kalyanasundaram has already received many awards for his social service. Currently he has been selected for Padma Shri, one of India’s highest awards.

‘Palam Kalyanasundaram gave all the money he got during his life for the poor, such as his native property worth fifty lakhs, thirty lakh rupees earned by working in the college throughout his life, and the work gift he received after retirement’, the official website of the Palam organization states.

When BBC Tamil contacted him, he said, “I was born in a well-to-do family in Kalakadu area in 1939. My mother is my world. She once told me strongly that no matter how much comfort you have in life, you should always live by helping other living beings and not wanting money. Since then, helping others has been my passion. It became a passion. I started helping the poor students who studied with me by saving the money my mother gave me as a child. I was only 14 years old then,” says Palam Kalyanasundaram.


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