Have you heard the recent inspirational news came in the media about 96-Year-old Karthyayani scored 98 in Kerala Literacy Mission test?
You must have heard the saying “A true learner always looks for gaining knowledge at any age.’ 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma proved this saying is correct. At the age of 96, she has cleared a test under Kerala’s literacy programme with a whopping score, 98 out of 100 marks in the ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy programme. In this exam reading, writing and basic mathematical skills are tested. She was the oldest student among her classmates.Age is Just a Number! Meet 96-year-old Student From Kerala Who is Not Too Old to Study. Click To Tweet
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96 Year Old Karthyayani
96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Cheppad, Kerala State, India is the oldest student in Alappuzha (Alleppey). 5 times a week her tutor comes home for lessons which include learning tables and the Malayalam alphabet. She used to work at Temples. She married early and could not study. 7 decades later, she was inspired to study when her 60-year-old daughter passed class 10. Today Karthyayani Amma’s family helps her with this dream. Her great-grandkids teach her. Her daughters buy her books and her neighbours study with her. Source: The News Minute Published on 18 Jun 2018
Never too old for school
When reporters asked her what inspired her to study at this age, she replied “Seeing my grandchildren study at home made me wish for a chance to study. So when they asked me during the literacy mission survey whether I would like to join their course, I went for it,”
She received a merit certificate from the Kerala Chief Minister at the certificate distribution ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram.Nothing can pose as an obstacle to anyone if you are determined to achieve the goal. Click To Tweet
I did not copy from anyone, rather I let others copy from me. I told them what to write : 96 year old Karthiyani Amma of Alappuzha who scored 98/100 marks in ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy program of Kerala State Literacy Mission pic.twitter.com/NeUmcpsIsY
— ANI (@ANI) 1 November 2018
It is a fact that many people could not complete their studies or even never went to school due to many reasons. Some are illiterate and do not know to write and read. After a certain age even if they get chances to study they feel shy to go to study centres because they are afraid of the unnecessary judgements from other people.
In today’s world, many children do not take care of their aged parents. They have many reasons, some are genuine and some are not. Some of them keep their aged sick parents in old age homes. Some aged parents are staying alone in their homes and cooking a little food themselves in whatever way possible for them. Nobody is there to care for them. No entertainment, no grandchildren to talk and enjoy with them.
Appreciate her family
But Karthyayani Amma‘s family, children and even great children are taking care of her, teaching and giving all the needed support to her. This is the reason behind her happiness, energy and courage helping her to overcome obstacles and move forward to success at this old age.
96 year old Karthyayani Amma Interview
When the reporter asked her can she sing a song, without wasting a second she replied ‘yes’ and started singing a famous old film song. That is the spirit and courage. No shy at all. You can notice the reporter actually thought she would end singing, but then she went on reciting the entire poem. She was enjoying the singing.
Some young students can’t even remember 4 lines of a poem. This lady deserves a standing ovation.
The song “Malaranikkadukal Thingivingi” is an old film song. This proves her memory power of remembering lyrics of a film song of 1967.
Film – Ramanan – Year 1967, Lyricist -Changambuzha Krishna Pillai, Singer(s) K Radha, Kottayam Santha
The Malayalam film ‘Ramanan’, released in 1967 was the screen adaptation of the most celebrated poetical work of the renowned poet, Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, which was first published in 1936. You can read more about this film in the article published in The Hindu on April 17, 2010.
The video song found on YouTube embedded below. I think it is the original version.
Lyrics of old Malayalam songs are with simple and meaningful words.
Lyrics in Malayalam
മരതക കാന്തിയില് മുങ്ങിമുങ്ങി
കരളും മിഴിയും കവര്ന്നു മിന്നി
പുളകം പോല് കുന്നിന് പുറത്തുവീണ
പുതുമൂടല് മഞ്ഞല പുല്കി നീക്കി
പുലരൊളി മാമല ശ്രേണികള് തന്
പുറകിലായ് വന്നുനിന്നെത്തി നോക്കി
അരികെഴും നെല്പ്പാട വീഥികളും
പലപല താഴ്വര ത്തോപ്പുകളും
തളിരും മലരും തരുപ്പടര്പ്പും
അവിടെല്ലാം പൂത്ത മരങ്ങള് മാത്രം
അവിടത്തില് മൊട്ടിട്ടു നിന്നിടുന്നു
What may be the secret behind her energy?
Many people are bedridden or not able to move without others help at this age. Most people can’t read without spectacles. I could not find any spectacles on her eyes, she is reading and writing with naked eyes. She has no hearing problem. What may be the secret of all these?
The most important thing is the happiness on her eyes and face, the beautiful smile and the energy and power in her words while talking to reporters and in the certificate distribution ceremony. There is no doubt that Karthyayani Amma is really beautiful without any make-up.
Kerala Literacy Mission
Kerala launched the continuing education endeavour on 26th October, 1998 propagating the slogan “Education for all and Education forever“. Six years after it bagged the envious title of total literacy. Source: Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority
Karthyayani Amma gets a laptop
At age 96 Karthyayani Amma is not just the oldest student in the state. With her passion and willingness to study, she is nothing short of a superstar among the people of Cheppad. Cheppad is in equal parts stumped and proud of her. She is the superstar who proves that age is just a number. Her success story proves that nothing can pose an obstacle if you are determined to attain a goal.
And her dream does not end here. In the award ceremony, Karthyayani Amma said she wants to learn to use a computer and would like to own one so that she can use it in her free time.
This is real empowerment. Hope her story inspire many more aged people to think as to how to use their energy at the old age.
What do you think about this success story?
Do you think the Kerala Literacy Mission is an inspiration to other states?
Do you encourage your aged parents and grandparents to be always happy and make them feel that you are always with them to love and care?
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