Shayama Chona
Personal details
Born (1942-08-12) 12 August 1942 (age 81)
Rajasthan, British India
Residence(s)New Delhi, India
Disability Rights Activist, Author
Founder and President of Tamana Association New Delhi
Ex- Principal of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram

Shayama Chona (born 12 August 1942) is the Founder-President of Tamana Association (established. 1984) and the former Principal of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram.[1] In 1997, she was presented with the National Award for Individual for Best Work Done in The Cause of the Disabled. Under her leadership as President of the Governing Council, Tamana Association received the First Mother Teresa Award for its dedicated services to the intellectually impaired.[2][3]

She has also been awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2008 and Padma Shri[4] in 1999.

Personal life

Tamana Association was conceived on the basis of the name, "Tamana", her daughter, who was born with cerebral palsy. The first centre, Tamana Special School was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness, Diana, Princess of Wales, on 12 February 1992.[5]

Awards and recognition


  1. ^ "Farewell to outgoing Principal Dr. Shayama Chona". Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Education Congress | Education Awards | Education Exhibition -?Indian Education Show 2013". Archived from the original on 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ Aru Srivastava (28 June 1999). "A DPS Principal's Plan For Educating Underprivileged Children". Outlook. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ Tamana, March 1984