Sankurathri Foundation was established by Dr. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri as a memorial to his wife, Manjari Sankurathri, son, Srikiran and daughter, Sarada who were killed in a terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 (Kanishka) on 23rd June 1985. Dr. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri Following the bombing, he resigned his job in Canada and returned to India in 1988. He established the Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation in 1989 in memory of his wife, which is a registered charity in Canada. He established the Sankurathri Foundation in India in memory of his family in 1989.
The Foundations’ goals are to improve the quality of life of needy people in the rural and remote areas of Andhra Pradesh. Established High School, Sarada Vidyalayam in 1992 on his daughter’s name, which is providing free education for rural poor children and so far, educated above 2,875 children. He established Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology in 1993, named after his son. The institute rendered its services to more than 30 lakhs patients and performed more than 2.6 lakhs surgeries out of which 90% are free of cost to the poor and needy. The institute has a wide network of 11 vision centers and 1 surgical centers to serve the eye care needs of rural population. Spandana is a disaster relief program to address the needs of the community during the natural calamities. Chandrasekhar Medical Research Foundation was also established to do basic and clinical research in ophthalmology with specific interest in ocular genetics. The foundation is located in a serene location of about 5 acres in a rural setting, 10 km from Kakinada.