Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE

Paul Sabapathy CBE born in Chennai and educated at Lawrence School, Lovedale (http://www.thelawrenceschool.org/) and Madras Christian College (http://www.mcc.edu.in/). I came here to study fifty years ago. Having completed a Masters at Aston University I joined ICI as its first non-white management trainee and held senior positions at IMI plc over a 28-year period. Subsequently I have been Chief Executive and Chairman in the NHS. I have served on many boards including on the Boards of Black Country and Birmingham Development Corporations and was honoured with an OBE in 1995 for my work in urban regeneration.

I have been richly blessed and had the honour of being the first non-white person to hold many high offices starting as President of a Chamber of Commerce (Walsall in 1988), Chairman of British University (Birmingham City University in 2001. In 2004 I was immensely honoured with a CBE for my contribution to Higher Education and Business.

I mention all of this to say this is a great country, which gives our Tamil people huge opportunities to succeed. I am a good example of someone who has succeeded having been nurtured and imbibing the Tamil values of hard work, modesty, integrity, valuing education and above all seeking, God’s blessings.

I am delighted to become a Patron of British Carnatic Choir. As someone born in Chennai I believe Carnatic music will greatly enrich the cultural experience of British audiences in the UK.

Dr Chitra Ramakrishnan is to be congratulated in taking the initiative in setting up the British Carnatic Choir on 12th of June 2015 at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

The objective of British Carnatic Choir is to bring people and different communities together through Music.

The Choir will not only give opportunity to young people to learn a new musical genre but also give enjoyment to the choir members as well as the audience who will be introduced to a rich ancient and melodious music tradition.

Wishing the British Carnatic Choir a very successful inaugural concert on the 7th of November 2015

I wish the British Carnatic Choir great success in the years to come in enriching our lives.