'Role model' women honoured at Carnatic Culture music festival

Three women from the Midlands were today honoured for their achievements at the ‘Carnatic Culture’ music festival in Birmingham.

The awards were given out as a part of the Birmingham Thyagaraja Festival, an annual event which brings to life the tunes and teachings of Thyagaraja, also known as the singing saint.

Trophies were presented to :

  • Deirdre Kelly - she set up the Liver Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 1989

  • Ann Evelyn Lucas OBE - Coventry City Council’s first female leader

  • Narinder Kaur Kooner - a human rights and community engagement activist

The event was organised by Shruthi UK, a Solihull-based South Asian arts and culture organisation which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.