Usha Narayanan, wife of Shri K.R. Narayanan, President of India, was
born in Burma, now Myanmar. She took her B.A. Hons. Degree from Rangoon
University. She also worked as a Lecturing Tutor in the Department of
Burmese Language and Literature of the University. She came to India
on scholarship and took her M.A. Degree from the Delhi School of Social
Work, University of Delhi, specializing in Juvenile Delinquency.
Usha Narayanan has been to various countries of the world together with
her husband during his diplomatic career - Japan, UK, Australia, Vietnam,
Thailand, Turkey, China and USA. She was a member of International Women's
Clubs, University Women's Associations and Y.W.C.A. in world capitals
like Tokyo, Canberra, Bangkok, Ankara and Washington. In these capacities
and as wife of the Indian Ambassador, she was actively associated with
social and cultural activities.
While in India between postings abroad, Smt. Narayanan worked with the
All India Radio (AIR) for many years translating and broadcasting news
and talks in the External Services of AIR.She was National President,
KARUNA (an all-India organization for welfare of women and children)
from 1985 to 1992 and presently she is the patron of the same oranization.
She worked for the welfare of the women, specially in Shri Narayanan's
erstwhile Parliamentary Constituency and has been responsible for building
four Working Girls Hostels and Day Care Centers, Potters' Cooperatives
and Sericulture projects. She is now actively associated with the women's
movement in India. She is Chief Patron of Gandhi Institute of Computer
Education and Information Technology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Trained
Nurses Association of India(TNIA). She is the Chairman of the High Level
Screening Committee for the selection of the Dr. Durgabhai Deshmukh
Awards, sponsored by The Central Social Welfare Board.
Smt. Narayanan attended the Conference of First Ladies of Asia and Pacific
at Kuala Lumpur, held in October 1997, on the question of Micro Credit
for the economic empowerment of the poor rural women.
Smt. Narayanan has visited Kyrghzstan, Kazakstan, Mongolia, Peru, Brazil,
Nepal, Germany, Portugal, Luxembourg, Turkey, Austria, France, China,
Singapore and Mauritius alongwith her husband.
Smt. Narayanan has a keen interest in landscaping, gardening, orchid
cultivation, Ikebana and Bonsai.
Smt. Narayanan has translated into English short stories from
Burmese many of which have been published in a national fortnightly
journal. Her translation of Burmese short stories of Thein Pe Myint
was published as a book entitled "Sweet and Sour" in December
1998. The same has, since, been translated into Malayalam and Tamil
while its Oriya and Hindi versions are underway. The Chinese translation
of the book, brought out by the World Affairs Publishing Company, under
the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was released at Beijing during
the President's visit to China in May-June 2000.
By First Lady