Mahantesh GK

Founder Managing Trustee
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled
Personal Details:
Address: Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled
CA: 39, 15th Cross, 16th Main,
Sector – 4, HSR Layout,
Bangalore – 560102
Birth place: Neginhal, Bailhongal (Taluk), Belgaum (District)
Age:42 years
Nature of Disability: Visually Impaired

Key achievements

  • Completed MA & M.Phil in English literature from University of Bangalore and taught for 5 yrs as
    faculty of English at university Law College.
  • Travelled alone extensively both in India & abroad.
  • Represented India in the World Blind Cricket Councils’ Conference held at Cape Town, South Africa
    in 1997.
  • Organised several cricket and other sports tournaments and events for the disabled.
  • Key person for raising resources to support hundreds of disabled and under- privileged students.
  • Presented many papers in various National and International seminars and Conferences.
  • Has been a role model for many persons with disabilities.
  • Represented India in the world blind union conference held at Geneva, Switzerland in 2008 &
    presented a paper on Problems of people with low vision in India.
  • Presented a paper in the international conference held at Leipzig Germany on the” status of Daisy in
    India” in 2009.
  • Successfully conducted SBI T-20 World cup for the Blind in December 2012.

Positions held in various organisations:
Founder Managing Trustee: Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Bangalore from 1997 till date.
President: FORD (Federation of Organisations working for Rehabilitation of the Disabled).
The Founding General Secretary of Cricket Association for the Blind in India-CABI (National cricket
board for the Blind).
Founder Director: B Care: An organisation working in preventing AIDS, and rehabilitating people
living with HIV/AIDS.
Proprietor: M/s. G.K Indane Gas Services (LPG Distributor of IOC)
Vice President – World Blind Cricket Council

Awards & Recognition

  • For its community services the organization was honoured with Governor’s award of Excellence on
    26th Jan 2002.
  • The Samarthanam was the Regional awardee for The India NGO Award 2006. The award is about
    rewarding excellence, and acknowledges and rewards organizations which are setting and
    promoting best practices in resource mobilization, accountability and transparency.
  • Received State Award in Recognition of Services for Children on 14th November, 2007, from
    Department of Women & child, GOK.
  • Received State Award in recognition of services rendered for persons with disability on 3rd December
  • Received Aryabhata International Award of 2009 in recognition of the excellent contribution and
    services in the field of Visually Impaired on April 2010.
  • Received National Award from the Hon. President of India conferred by Ministry of women & child
    development government of India for Child welfare on 14th Nov, 2010
  • Received Vajrakumara Award from Dr. Shri. Veerendra Hegde for his excellence in the field of
    providing a better lifestyle for People with different disabilities (PWDs) in September, 2011.
  • NDTV spirit of sports award for lifetime achievement for contribution in the field of sports against
    the odds in 2012.
  • Received ‘Green star award’ initiated by Procam International in the TCS World 10k for our
    commitment to environment.
  • Received certificate of appreciation from Rotary Club of Bangalore Brigades in appreciation of
    Outstanding Service and Co-operation extended on 9th January 2013.
  • Felicitated by Canara Bank, Bangalore for his outstanding services rendered to differently-able
    people on 26th January 2013.

Last updated 26th March 2013