About Bhanumathi

Bhanumathi Narasimhan is the sister of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian leader and ambassador of peace, and shares his vision for a stress-free violence-free world.

Bhanumathi is the Chairperson of Women's Welfare and Child Care programs of the The Art of Living, a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO engaged in bringing stress relief and service initiatives in 155 countries. She has deep roots in spirituality and a broad vision for service to humanity. For over three decades, she has been committed to bringing a positive social transformation with a focus on education, environment and women empowerment. Enabling people to handle their negative emotions and stress with meditation and breathing techniques, she has helped them regain their self-confidence and come to the forefront to take responsibility for a harmonious society through service.

Early years

Bhanumathi was born on Jan 11, 1958 in Papanasam, a small town in South India to Sri. R. S V. Ratnam and Smt.Vishalakshi.

Sri. Ratnam was a scholar and especially knowledgeable in the field of ayurveda and astrology. He nurtured a sense of belongingness with all and was dedicated to serving the poor and needy. He inculcated values and ideals in his children through the stories that he would tell them steeped in the traditions of India. Smt. Vishalakshi was a woman with phenomenal inner strength. She attended to every task with perfection and epitomized caring and sharing. Honoring traditions, she nurtured the same attitude in her children. Growing up in a joint family with a simple lifestyle and high values, the urge to care for others and spread happiness developed naturally.

Even as a teenager she learnt how to meditate from her brother and has continued the practice ever since.

At a young age, she witnessed the disparity in society where schooling for the girl child was not considered important and the seeds for her passion towards education for the underprivileged were sown.

Bhanumathi learnt singing and dance as a young girl. Painting, ikebana, cooking, gardening were other areas of keen interest. Completing her schooling from Bangalore, she went on to obtain a Masters degree in Sanskrit literature.

A spiritual calling

Bhanumathi is a meditator. Under the guidance of Sri Sri (her brother and Spiritual Master) she started teaching meditation as well. 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 hundreds of participants worldwide. Meditation is the journey from the head to the heart. Through meditation she has helped thousands of hearts to heal and experience the connection with the inner-self resulting in an unshakable confidence in themselves and a sense of belongingness with society.

Music for transcendence

Bhanumathi Narasimhan’s interests in promoting cultural values and joy through music led her to create multiple albums in Sanskrit,Hindi, and Kannada. Her music transcends borders of language and beliefs and has a relaxing and calming effect on the mind as experienced by thousands worldwide.


An author

Gurudev: On the plateau of the peak, book

Bhanumathi is the author of the bestselling biography "Gurudev - On the Plateau of the Peak" which offers a glimpse into the life of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from his childhood to growing-up years, when he was an unassuming boy to a teenager in the company of saints, from a young meditation teacher to a revered spiritual Master.
She has also authored two books, Tejasvini and Lalitha on the Mother Divine, that expound the spiritual significance and mystical meaning behind popular Hindu traditional scriptures and practices. The purpose of the books is to highlight the essence of the practices instead of just focusing on the outer expression or rituals.

Read more at www.lifeofgurudev.com

Gods and Goddesses
Here’s your child’s first guide to popular gods and goddesses.
From the god who rides a mouse to the one that flies a peacock…
From the goddess who stands on a lotus to the one who loves the lion…

Read more Here

Stories of the Mother Divine from the Puranas have been told and retold for centuries. They are full of beauty and power, filling you with faith in the divine energy that protects and cares for us. Yet, they defy the intellect.

Read more at www.parashaktibook.com


  • In 2007, Bhanumathi was awarded the prestigious Sadguru Gnanananda National Award (India) for her unwavering dedication to social development and to women’s issues.
  • The Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence for her work towards women empowerment.
  • For her inspiring and far-reaching initiatives for empowering women and society, she was conferred the Women Economic Forum 2017 Award of "Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Change". The award was presented in Delhi at the annual International Women Economic Forum conference where over 2000 inspiring women and supportive men from 150 countries joined over 6 days, making it the largest such diverse global event empowering women's leadership and networking.
  • She has also been conferred with the Nari Shakti Award -Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Personal Life

Bhanumathi with her husband, Sri Narasimhan
Bhanumathi with her husband, Sri Narasimhan

She is married with two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She lives in Bangalore, India and travels all over the world to spread the message of peace, love and compassion.

Bhanumathi Narasimhan leads the Women's Welfare and Child Care initiatives at the Art of Living. The Gift a Smile project now supports 618 schools with over 67,000 children from under privileged backgrounds. As the Chairperson of the International Women’s Conference, her vision is to create a global network of responsible women to catalyze positive social transformation.

She holds a Master’s degree in Sanskrit Literature. Trained as a Carnatic classical singer, people across the world wake up to her soulful albums of sacred chants and melodious bhajans.

Secrets of the Devi - Live Interaction

Bhanu Didi and Priyanka Upendra
11th June, 2019
5:40pm IST

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