"Dheergadharisi" the Tamil version of the biography of Dr. Prathap Chandra Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals, was launched by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of Isha Foundation at a special event today. The biography "Healer: Dr Prathap C Reddy and the Transformation of India" authored by Pranay Gupte was translated into Tamil by well-known author Smt Sivasankari, who in the past four decades has carved a niche for herself in the Tamil literary world.
The book launch saw a gathering of noted luminaries from different walks of life. Guests of Honour Dr. Smt. Meena Muthiah, Kumara Rani of Chettinad, and Dr. MK Mani, Chief Nephrologist, Apollo Hospitals were also present to grace the occasion. The book launch was followed by a session on "Conversation with the Mystic" with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev that enlightened the evening with soulful conversations.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prathap C Reddy said, "Almost 30 years ago, I lost a 38 year old patient to a heart disease as he was not able to travel abroad for better treatment. This particular incident triggered the doctor in me to conceptualize and establish a world class healthcare organization designed to suit the needs of our people right here in our country. Apollo Hospitals was born with a mission to bring healthcare of international medical standards to patients in India. My belief that India has the acumen and talent to provide better quality medical facilities has kept me driven ever since and I am confident that we will continue to use the best of technology and skills to serve millions more."
The book "Dheergadharisi" follows the extraordinary career and legacy of Dr Prathap Reddy, a Padma Bhushan awardee, who has revolutionized the private health care landscape in India with his various initiatives. From a 150-bed hospital in Chennai in 1983, Apollo Hospitals has today grown to a 9,215-bed hospital chain with 2,200 pharmacies across the country, under his powerful and innovative leadership. The engaging biography traces his improbable journey from being born in a small provincial town of Aragonda in Andhra Pradesh to his ongoing status as the Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, providing the group with its ideological guidance across its wide range of socially conscious initiatives.
The book launch also included reading of passages by Smt Sivasankari and Sadhguru from the book, highlighting the growth of The Indian Healthcare System through the incredible life journey of Dr. Reddy. Priced at Rs 899, Dheergadharisi is available at all leading bookstores, shopping portals and online bookstores.
Date: 1st April 2017, Saturday
Venue: Hyatt Regency, No. 365, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai