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10 great photos from Abdul Kalamís life
Playing his veena, writing poetry and researching the Thirukkural were Kalam’s favourite pastimes.
A.P.J.Abdul Kalam (R) andWing Commander Ajay Rathore (L), wave from the cockpit of the latest supersonic fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI, before take-off on thehistoric sortie ,at the Lohegaon airbase in Pune,08 June 2006. Kalam,flew in the fighter aircraft at the height of six to eight kms in the air and the speed will be 1500 kms per hour. The President has undertaken the 30-minutes sortie with latest.
Dr, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (R) salutes as he is greeted by officers and soldiers of the Indian Army at Humar Post, Siachen Glacier, 02 April 2004. Kalam was on a one day visit to the northern army headquarters where troops live at an altitude of 20,000 ft and where temperatures regularly go below -35C.
A P J Abdul Kalam (R) plays the drums as ace percussionist Shivamani looks on, after the President felicitated the artistes of Shradha who performed at Rashtrapati Bhavan - President’s House - in New Delhi, late 13 November 2006. The Shradha artistes performed in the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of the Indradhanush programme.
ISRO – The Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi with Prof. Satish Dhawan and Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Special team:Five early recruits to the space programme who were sent to the U.S. for training; (from left) R. Aravamudan, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, H.G.S. Murthy, B. Ramakrishna Rao, andD. Easwaradas.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in his Rose Garden, at his residence, in New Delhi.
Indian President Abdul Kalam addresses the nation in New Delhi 25 January 2005, in a speech on the eve of the Republic Day holiday. India’s president called for a war on unemployment to avoid "shattering" the dreams of the nation’s youth. Referring to India’s booming economy, President Kalam said the nation should go into "mission mode" to spearhead job schemes that would help turn the country of over one billion people into a developed nation by 2020.
Last image of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam taken at IIM-Shillong on Monday
APJ Abdul Kalam wears a traditional hat a present from folk dancers from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu after they performed a dance at The Presidential Palace in New Delhi, 28 January 2006. Some 3000 performers from across India danced before an audience including Kalam as part of India’s 57th Republic Day celebrations.