Thulsy Krishnan is a junior in high school living in the Atlanta area. Her grandmother in Kerala received compassionate home care from Pallium India during her battle with terminal cancer.
During this process, Thulsy’s family developed a true understanding of the impact of palliative care. To give back, Thulsy began volunteering for Pallium India in 2020. She is assisting with developing content for the Pallium website by preparing biographies of Pallium India volunteers.
Thulsy has a diverse set of interests, ranging from writing to science to the performing arts. She has learned Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam Dance and has participated in multiple fundraising events for charitable causes, including a major dance production in Atlanta that raised over $175,000 for Sankara Nethralaya to fund free eye surgeries in India. Thulsy has been a student of violin and piano performance for several years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she collaborated with a cellist, and they designed and performed an outdoor concert program for assisted living centers with proper social distancing. One of her long-term goals is to explore the benefits of music in the field of healthcare.
The effects of the pandemic also motivated Thulsy to provide educational support for underserved school children in the local Atlanta community through free one-on-one online tutoring. She began this volunteer project by helping two middle school students who were affected by the recent changes in schooling.
This project led Thulsy and her family to form Distant Rays–a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that supports the educational needs of underserved school students. As a co-founder of Distant Rays, Thulsy continues to be engaged in tutoring, and she also serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Serving on the Pallium India team has been an inspirational experience for Thulsy. She is thankful for this opportunity and is excited about the potential to grow her volunteer role with Pallium India, including the future development of a chapter of Friends of Pallium India in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Thulsy Krishnan with her family.