Born into a family of hand-loom weavers in Coimbatore, India, Muruganantham, while he was still a child, lost his father, S. Arunachalam (a hand-loom weaver) in a road accident. "It all started with my wife," he says. When he was just 14, he dropped out of the school and started working as a farm labourer just like his mother. When he was still a child, his father, S. Arunachalam (a hand-loom weaver), died in a road accident. Eventually, they stopped co-operating with him and refused to be the test subjects for his innovations. Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, India. In the year 1998, he got married to Shanthi, who became the reason behind his great innovation. He managed to get some animal blood and kept it in a football bladder. End of Sentence. After two years of various experiments somehow he got to know that the cotton he was using for creating the sanitary napkins is different from the one used by the MNCs producing the same, i.e., cellulose fibres derived from the pine bark wood pulp. In 1998, Mr. Muruganantham was newly married and one day he noticed his wife, Shanthi, skulking out of the room carrying rags and newspaper. [19], Muruganantham has become well known as a social entrepreneur. He started testing it on himself, using a bladder with animal blood, but became the subject of ridicule when the "sanitary pad" was discovered in his village. [3] In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. [22] He has given lectures at many institutions including IIT Bombay,[23] IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore,[1] Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus and Harvard University. [27], Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus, "The 100 Most Influential People – Pioneers: Arunachalam Muruganantham", "MINI SANITARY NAPKIN MAKING MACHINE A. Muruganantham", "Who is Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inspiration behind Akshay Kumar's Pad Man? Muruganantham was born into a family of hand-loom weavers in Coimbatore, India. His father S. Arunachalam and mother A. Vanita, both were hand-loom weavers. His eye and hair colour both is black. Arunachalam Muruganantham was born in a labour class family in a small village of Coimbatore, India. In April 2019, he was listed at 45th place on Fortune Magazine’s list of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders 2019. [18][19] The machine creates jobs and income for many women, and affordable pads enable many more women to earn their livelihood during menstruation. [14] He sourced the processed pine wood pulp from a supplier in Mumbai, and the machines would grind, de-fibrate, press and sterilize the pads under ultraviolet light[15] before packaging them for sale. [12][17], Muruganantham's invention is widely praised as a key step in changing women's lives in India. After winning the award, he became an entrepreneur by starting a production company with the name Jayaashree Industries, which produces these low-cost sanitary napkin production machines as well as affordable sanitary napkins for women of the rural area of India. He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. Arunachalam Muruganantham’s invention came at a great personal cost – he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. He single-handedly started the sanitary napkin revolution. [13] His story was the subject of a prize-winning documentary by Amit Virmani, Menstrual Man,[25][26] and the film Phullu (2017) directed by Abhishek Saxena. Arunachalam Muruganantham 56 years old with height 5’7″ feet and weighs approx 60 kg. As he could not get any more volunteers for testing his sanitary pads, he decided to test it on himself. 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. [2] The movie Period. [5] Imported machines that made the pads cost ₹35 million (US$490,000). The story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the real-life Pad Man, proprietor of Coimbatore based Jayaashree Industries, sees success not in the company’s accounts book but in the number of beneficiaries, says P C Vinoj Kumar "I will be honest… Things changed for him after he got married to a girl named Shanthi in 1998. [6] He supplied food to factory workers and took up various jobs as a machine tool operator, yam-selling agent, farm laborer, and welder, to support his family.[5]. [16] The machine has been praised for its simplicity and cost-effectiveness, and his commitment to social aid has earned him several awards. In 1998, just a few days into marriage, he found his new bride, Shanthi, hiding away pieces of rags. Early in his marriage, Arunachalam Muruganantham discovered his wife, Shanti, was using old rags instead of sanitary pads to manage her period. For subsistenc… [5][10] He obtained seed funding and founded Jayaashree Industries, which now markets these machines to rural women across India. Well, that man is Arunachalam Muruganantham, he is the inventor of the low-cost sanitary pad making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. Following his marriage to his wife Shanthi in 1998, Arunachalam Muruganantham learned about menstruation for the first time. He wore a sanitary napkin and kept on pumping the blood onto it while roaming around the village. He has a daughter whose name is Preeti. He produced his first 250 machines in 18 months and installed them in the backward and underdeveloped areas of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. He is the only son of his parents along with his three sisters. In 1998, he married Shanthi. Arunachalam Muruganantham is the founder of Jayaashree Industries. In a world where millions of women can't afford safe menstrual hygiene, one man goes on a quest to make the perfect sanitary pad. Muruganantham grew up in poverty after his father died in a road accident. But he kept his sense of humour. He approached the girls of a neighbouring medical college to test the pads he had made. So, Muruganantham also started working as a farm labourer. Eventually, they stopped co-operating with him and refused to be the test subjects for his innovations. won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for the year 2018. ;The 2018 Hindi film Pad Man was made on his invention starring Akshay Kumar as him. He is currently planning to expand the production of these machines to 106 nations. Muruganantham then started working odd jobs- he would supply food to factory workers, operate machine tools, sell yams as an agent, labor on the farm, or work as a welder. He was shocked by the fact that his wife avoided buying the sanitary pads all because of its high cost. Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. They were just handloom weavers. He bought the cellulose fibres sheets from a company based in Mumbai. When … He realised that the raw materials cost ₹10 (14¢ US), but the end product sold for 40 times that price. Muruganantham supplied food to factory workers to support his family. When he got married to Shanthi … And with it, he scripted a big change in the lives of women across India and many parts of the world Shanti, … After winning the award, he started his own production company called Jayaashree Industries. In 1998 he was newly married and his world revolved around his wife, Shanthi, and his widowed mother. He realised that the raw materials cost ₹10 (14¢ … He asked his sisters and other women to help him, but all were shy about the topic. He also got a chance to speak at the famous TED talks. ₹65000. But at the same time, it was really an expensive thing for them to buy every month. But again it was a failed experiment. He was studying in a local government school, and his mother used to work in the fields as a farm labourer to earn their living. The fact is, only about 15 per cent of women in India use sanitary pads. Later, after the death of Muruganantham's father, his mother worked at a farm, to support the education of his son. [10], In 2006, he visited IIT Madras to show his idea and receive suggestions. If you cannot contain the excitement to watch the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Padman’ already, you are certain to enjoy the talk that happened between between Writer Twinkle Khanna and the original Padman, Arunachalam Muruganantham, yesterday (December 9) at the ‘We The Women’ summit.