mt. 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.

Smt. 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.

Speeches By First Lady

ADDRESS BY THE FIRST LADY ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - 8th MARCH 2002
SPEECH BY THE FIRST LADY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 26TH NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE YWCA OF INDIA
ADDRESS BY THE FIRST LADY AT THE SECOND MEETING OF THE REGIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF RURAL AND ISLAND WOMEN FOR ASIA PACIFIC REGION ON "RESOURCE MOBILISATION, ACCESS TO PRODUCTIVE RESOURCES AND EMPOWERMENT OF RURAL WOMEN"
SPEECH BY SMT. USHA NARAYANAN ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
SPEECH BY SMT. USHA NARAYANAN "A NEW CENTURY FOR WOMEN" ON THE EVE OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ORGANISED BY UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION CENTRE