Suru Parameshwaraiah Nagesh, Founder Trustee of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, is a sportsman and an international cricketer. He completed his schooling from Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind, but due to lack of residential facilities after schooling, Nagesh could not continue his education in the formal system and had to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Arts through correspondence.
Nagesh was partially blind from birth but that did not act as a stumbling block for him. Nagesh represented India in several international sports meets and won seven gold and three silver medals, besides several medals in State and National level games.
Though Nagesh was employed at a Public Bank in Bangalore, India, his passion continued to be sports, especially Blind cricket. His primary focus was on achieving Blind cricket its rightful place in the country and the cricketers their due recognition and credit. He teamed up with Mahantesh GK and laid the foundation stone for Samarthanam in 1997.
Nagesh served as the President for Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the cricketing arm of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. His excellent fundraising capabilities and ability to handle unparalleled risks proved to be of high value. He played a key role in organizing the first ever T20 World Cup for the Blind in India (2012) and had efficiently led the event to fruition, with wide appreciation and admiration garnered from various verticals.
Nagesh SP passed away on 24 April 2016 and his demise left Samarthanam and CABI under grief for long.