Tamil Nadu Arya Vysya Mahila Sabha (TNAVMS) was founded in 1982 as a forum to bring together like minded people who wished to play an active and positive role in the development of women. It was a direct outcome of the vision of Smt. Nagamma Kesavamurthy, Minister for Education in the then Karnataka Government, who understood the need for an organization of Arya Vysya Women to address their own issues. This forum was created on an All India Level. The Tamil Nadu State Unit was commenced under the Presidentship of Smt. Saroja V. Guruswamy and the Metropolis of Madras formed a unit under Smt. Shantha G. K. Shetty as the Founder Chairperson and was officially inaugurated on 2nd January 1983.
Being a non-profitable social organization, the main objective of the association is to empower the underprivileged, help the destitute and to bring out the talents of women and children treasured only within the four walls of the home and never brought to the front. “A strong mind in a strong body” – so the main aim is to educate women and bring an awareness of health in them. A well educated women brings up her family which in turn develops the whole society. The TNAVMS and its committee strongly believe a strong and sound society is based on the strength and conviction of the people.
Since its inception, TNAVMS has encouraged higher education of women and girls by offering them scholarships and interest free loans. Their main emphasis was on career oriented and self sufficiency for women. So they conducted free classes in the fields of handwork, tailoring, embroidery, music etc., They offered interest free loans for self employment. Free health camps were conducted periodically to help all the people especially the poor in various medical lines. They periodically visit old age home, homes for mentally and physically challenged and other special children and conduct game, give gifts and prizes and donate liberally for their needs.
Annually, they conduct Deepalakshmi Pooja, Children’s Day, Health Camps, Coffee morning, Carnival, Women’s Day celebrations etc., which are very popular among the Chennaiites. These annual events are conducted to promote unity, self confidence and a social belonging amongst women and children.
Pooja: Religion is one of the corner stones on which our society is built. To instill respect and inculcate the values of tradition and culture, we conduct annual pooja.
Children’s Day Celebrations: Meritorious children are rewarded on children’s day. Various competitions are held on that day enabling them to meet challenges sportively.
Coffee Morning: The yearly Coffee morning “AKARSHANA” is another favorite among the elite of Chennai. Women get face to face with celebrities and interact with them.
Annual Carnival: Women display and sell their creations, participate in a number of competitions, testing their brain power and other talents and win attractive prizes.
All these activities of TNAVMS are possible only through the generosity of charitable organizations and philanthropists and undying zeal of the committee members working under the chairperson. Last year they celebrated their silver jubilee by honoring 25 exceptional women from various fields. It is the dream of the committee to march towards the Golden Jubilee with more vigor and empowerment.