Director - Bhanumathi Narasimhan
Bhanumathi Narasimhan is a multi-faceted spiritual and humanitarian leader whose work and vision has impacted thousands of lives in over 100 countries in the past 35 years with a focus towards re-establishing human values and harmony in society. As the sister of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian leader and ambassador of peace, she shares his vision for a stress-free violence-free world and has dedicated her life to working towards making this a reality.
Bhanumathi is the Director of Women welfare and child care programs of The Art of Living, a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO engaged in bringing stress relief and service initiatives in 152 countries. She leads the "Gift a smile - Care-for-Children" program, which provides value-based holistic education for underprivileged children from rural, tribal, and slum areas free of cost. There are 425 schools in 20 states of India educating 53,361 children with a special focus on the girl child.
Bhanumathi supports multiple women welfare projects including VISTA India (Value Integrated Services to All), an initiative that aims to provide economic and social self-sufficiency for disadvantaged women in India through which vocational training, entrepreneurship, and self-development workshops have been provided to over 8,000 women. These women are also educated in hygiene and health issues in rural areas. Vishalakshi Women Empowerment Program is another initiative catering to underprivileged women in semi-urban areas. There are two centers currently operating in Tamil Nadu and Bangalore where they are trained in vocational skills including tailoring, candle making, incense stick production, packaging and marketing, and related skills to make them economically self-reliant.
Bhanumathi started the HARA (HIV/AIDS Awareness in Rural Areas) project through which youth volunteers are trained under a qualified medical doctor receive and disseminate this knowledge further in the rural areas. Over 41,200 individuals across India have benefitted from this initiative till date.
In support of traditional art and culture, Bhanumathi has initiated the Weaver-to-Wearer project. The project identifies skilled craftsmen in the traditional arts from rural areas and connects them with consumers around the world. Madhurya, a women entrepreneurship initiative inspired by Bhanumathi, provides a platform for marketing these unique hand-crafted products.
As the Chairperson of the International Women's Conference (IWC), her vision is to make a global forum of responsible women to catalyze positive transformation in society. The Conference celebrates the dynamism of women and provides a platform to deliberate and share ideas and experiences encouraging the pivotal role of women in creating a harmonious and prosperous society.
Over 5000 women from 80 nationalities have participated in these conferences so far with eminent speakers from diverse spheres, political to business to social, cultural and spiritual, addressing and inspiring the delegation. The conference proceeds support global initiatives for education of women, prisoner rehabilitation, poverty eradication, female health awareness and eradication of female foeticide.
Bhanumathi is a meditation teacher. She firmly believes that the complete blossoming of the individual potential can be attained through spirituality, through meditation. Her workshops have brought an experience of deep inner peace to thousands worldwide. Meditation is the journey from the head to the heart. Through meditation she has helped hearts to heal and experience the connection with the inner -self resulting in an un-shakable confidence in themselves and a sense of belongingness with society.