Karthyayani Amma, the star at 96, celebrates Diwali with Manju Warrier
Haripad: Kerala is celebrating the victory of Karthyayani Amma who scored 98 marks in Literacy exam. The elderly champion met a film star on the eve of Diwali. Keralites’ favourite star Manju Warrier visited her at an event in Haripad.
Karthyayani Amma, a 96-year-old woman from Muttam, was extremely happy when actress Manju Warrier spent time with her.
“I have seen you in films. I am so happy to meet you,” said Karthyayani Amma with excitement when Manju Warrier greeted her with a charming smile.
Crayons Foundation, an organisation of media students in Kottayam press club, organised the event as a Diwali surprise for Karthyayani Amma. She surprised all by bagging 98 marks out of 100 in the ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy exam which was attended by over 50,000 people.
Neither Karthyayani Amma nor her family knew that Manju Warrier will attend the event which was held at a hotel in Haripad. When the actress entered the hall, Karthyayani Amma was excited to meet her.
Manju Warrier approached her and asked if she recognise her. She just shook her head in response.
“Ammachi, would you like to act in films,” asked Manju.
“Oh, No. I can’t act in films. I just want to continue my studies,” replied Karthyayani Amma.
Later, the actress enquired about her experience in the literacy exam. Then Karthyayani Amma became more energetic. She explained her study plans and experience at the exam hall to her.
“I know, how to read and write. Next I want to learn computer skills,” said Karthyayani Amma as a curious student.
Manju spent nearly half an hour with Karthyayani Amma who turned a star with the result. The actress honoured her with a ceremonial shawl and gifted ‘set-mundu’, a traditional wear, to her.
While leaving the event, Manju, who is also the brand ambassador of Kerala Literacy Mission, promised Karthyayani Amma that she will visit her again and offered all help.
Karthyayani Amma arrived at the hotel with K Sathi who is a Prerak of Literacy programme. Various organisations in the state have been organising programmes to honour this aged woman who had proved that age is not a matter, if you have determination to work hard.