Arunachalam Muruganantham is a household name today thanks to Akshay Kumar’s PadMan. The social entrepreneur has received widespread publicity as the man behind the economically viable sanitary pads. The inspiration of the Twinkle Khanna produced film, Arunachalam has today established himself as a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He was the one who came up with machinery to make sanitary pads at very low cost. Though PadMan hit the screen today which is loosely based on his life, yet there’s a lot we should know about this genius who changed the lives of women. Here are top facts about Arunachalam Muruganantham life:
1. Arunachalam Muruganantham was born in Coimbatore and dropped out of school at the age of 14. Thereafter, he worked as a machine tool operator, yam-selling agent, farm labourer and welder to fend for his family.
2. Muruganantham did not have this idea of making viable pads all of a sudden. Married to wife Shanthi, Muruga discovered that she was collecting rags and newspapers to use during her menstrual cycle since sanitary pads came at a very high price. Troubled that the clothes might result in serious health problems, Muruganantham tried to find ways to make a cheaper pad.
3. It took Arunachalam almost two years to discover that commercial pads are made up of Cellulose fibre ad he strived hard to make cheaper ones as well as an efficient machine. He devised a low-cost machine that could be operated with minimal training.
4. In 2006, he visited IIT Madras to show his idea and received suggestions. They registered his invention for the National Innovation Foundation’s Grassroots Technological Innovations Award and his idea won the award.
5. With every passing day his invention became renowned and grabbed the attention of people making his journey worth remembering. In 2014, he was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.
6. In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
7.Today his mini-machines, which can manufacture sanitary pads for less than a third of the cost of commercial pads, have been installed in 23 of the 29 states of India. He is currently planning to expand the production of these machines to 106 nations.