Saalumarada Thimmakka: A Padma Shri Award Winner & Social Entrepreneur
This is a story of a very ordinary woman, who led a very ordinary life but what was something that was extraordinary in her?
They were her thoughts, her thinking which has somewhat contributed to change our society which has also helped the environment in many ways.
Saalumarada Thimmakka was born in a rural village of Karnataka, worked in fields and farms and got no proper formal education in her life.
She got married at a very young age to Chikkaiah who was native of Hulikal village of Karnataka. The couple didn’t conceive for the 25 years of their marriage.
One thing to learn from the couple was that they chose to plant saplings instead of cursing their lives, they loved nature as they both grew up working in fields and their decision of planting the Banyan trees as their children was a great initiative taken by them.
Saalumarada Thimmakka lost her husband in 1991, but her children were with her in her hard times, she continued taking care of her 100 children (banyan trees).
Saalumarada Thimmakka is popularly known as the mother of trees “vriksha maate”. For her achievements she is now awarded by so many awards which are national awards, state awards and so many awards for her step towards the environment.
She is been awarded by many awards such as Vishwamata award, karnataka kalpavalli award and also listed in 100 influential women by BBC.
Saalumarada Thimmakka was also awarded by Padma shree in 2019, she also planted one sapling in front of Parliament house as her child and now she is one of the environmentalist from Karnataka who worlds for the environment, for planting 8000 saplings in 80 years she is now the oldest one who have achieved so much at this age in the country.
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