The Bangalore International Centre had organized a Memorial Meeting for Late C B Muthamma, India’s first woman career diplomat, on 16th November, 2009 at 6.30 pm at its auditorium. She had passed away last month.
It was an evening of fond memories as her friends, former colleagues and admirers recollected how Muthamma fought the gender bias within the civil service and made her own mark as an officer of strong convictions and unimpeachable integrity. Proud of her Coorgi origin, she was passionately national in her outlook and hated anything which was petty, communal or divisive. At the same time, she was a warm human being who touched the lives of several people officers and commoners alike, with her concern for them and generous assistance.
Touching tributes were paid by Dr. Girish Karnad, who lit the lamp in front of a strikingly beautiful photograph of Muthamma, Mr. N Krishnan, Mr. Peter Sinai, Mr. Akbar Khaleeli, Mr. A P Venkateswaran, Mr. P A Nazareth, Mr. C V Ranganathan and Mr. Cariappa. Noted singer, Ms. Tara Kini sang some beautiful hymns and Kabir Bhajans. The programme was coordinated and strung together by Ms. Nupur Basu, noted journalist and film-maker. Nupur, who was a close associate of Muthamma, recalled a lot of her personal memories about her. The programme was solemn and the packed auditorium felt deeply touched.