Late Colonel. Vasanth, AC
Commanding Officer, 9 Maratha LI
Late Colonel. Vasanth, AC, Commanding Officer, 9 Maratha LI laid down his life while fighting insurgents in Jammu and Kashmir on 31st July 2007 while he was deployed on the Line of Control in rugged and inaccessible terrain in Uri Sector.
Col Venugopal was awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) for his gallant act and supreme sacrifice to the nation. He displayed outstanding bravery, courage and resolute leadership in his illustrious career.
Forever Forty is a celebration of life. The life of Col Vasanth, AC - a life well lived - from growing up in a loving household and making wonderful friends, to marrying the woman he loved, raising beautiful children, and staying true to his calling till the very end. It is also a celebration of love. Love, expressed eloquently in more than four hundred letters he wrote home while posted on cold, rugged, inhospitable mountains, spending almost every New Year, birthday and anniversary away from family, while keeping intact his characteristic sense of humour, and writing so evocatively as to bring everything alive.These letters are juxtaposed with the stories related by his close friends and family, giving one a glimpse into his amazing personality - nothing short of inspiring.
About The Author
Mrs.Subhashini Vasanth is an accomplished Classical Bharat natyam dancer who holds a graduate degree in Psychology Literature and journalism. In addition to being a performing artist, she teaches classical dance, enjoys modeling and a bit of acting - she has played the lead role in a play she has written called "The Silent Front" that highlights the strength and sacrifices made by a soldier's wife. She loves travelling and has done so extensively - traversing the most inaccessible areas in India as an army wife, and across picturesque European locations as a dancer. In memory of her husband Col Vasantharatna, she has set up the Vasantratna Foundation for Art through which she reaches out to children of martyrs, especially those from the lower ranks, to help them with their education in the form of scholarships. She lives with her two daughters in Bangalore.
Mrs.Veena Prasad is a graduate engineer in Computer Science by education. She worked for a large software exporter in India for a few years, and then spent some wonderful years being a fulltime mom and has since been writing on a freelance basis. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and son, and creates crosswords in her spare time.
Col.Vasanth, AC Memorial Award
Vasanthatharatana Foundation for Art instituted the Col.Vasanth, AC Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership to honour and motivate the best High School student. The Award was distributed on 25th November 2013 at Christian High School, Udipi. The award went to Master Sachin Kumar and Ashwini. Around 28 school friends of Col.Vasanth attended the function and were delighted to be part of this event. Vasantharatna Foundation for Art instituted the Col.Vasanth, AC Memorial Award to honour and motivate the best NCC cadet in M.E.S. Degree College for his/her discipline, dedication and high standard of integrity. The Award was distributed at the MES Degree College Quadrangle, Bangalore on 15th August 2013 , 8.30 a.m. and was part of the college 67th Independence Day celebrations