Dr. Mangalam Swaminathan Foundation is a unique endeavour to keep alive the memory of Dr. Mangalam Swaminathan, and to fulfill her dreams in a variety of areas where she was passionately involved at the time of her untimely death on October 7, 2017.
Mangalam was a celebrated journalist, writer, academic and lover of arts, literature and culture. Her last work was a highly acclaimed curation of an exhibition on MS Subbulakshmi, renowned Carnatic – Singer, on her birth centenary.
This exhibition was inaugurated by the Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu on September 15, 2017 at IGNCA auditorium, New Delhi. Dr. Mangalam was in the process of taking this exhibition to Chennai, on the Vice President’s suggestion, when she was admitted to Max Hospital, Saket, New Delhi with a minor stomach upset on the night of Oct 2, 2017. Due to criminal medical neglect and misconduct we lost Dr Mangalam within four days, at the age of 52, and the whole world of a great dream, a life devoted to the world of art and culture, fell shattered around us.
Mangala was working on many books and projects on creative writing at the time of death. We have also taken up the work she started as her personal academic passion. We with a drop of our tears, promise to carry on the mission you initiated, the values you held dear and the love and smile you spread across.
Dr. Mangalam Swaminathan was born at Tutukudi, Tamil Nadu. She did her early education in Chennai and later in Delhi. She possessed a PhD and double MA in History and English literature. She began her career with the Probe Magazine in 1985 in Delhi. She worked with the Press Institute of India, UNI news agency and News Time.
She worked with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Art (IGNCA) for about two decades and was the Programme Director and heading the information unit at the time of her death, at the age of 52.
About Dr. Mangalam Swaminathan
Dr. Mangalam Swaminathan lived ordinary but worked wonderfully for the betterment of society, with a passion and a messianic spirit and commitment that was uniquely uncommon.