Born into a successful business family she established herself in the travel industry by running her own thriving travel agency for nearly two decades in Bangalore, with branches in Mangalore,Mumbai, Kozhikode, The Hotel Leela Palace, Bangalore and at the Art Of Living International Centre, Bangalore.
Having graduated in Home Science and with further certification from IATA she juggled her roles as a mother and a business woman. She is an accredited practitioner of The Journey by Brandon Bays. She was also elected to the board of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and served on the Committee of Community Services Bangalore for Charities. She was also actively involved in organising the Holistic Health Summit in 2003 for Soukya International Holistic Health Centre, Bangalore and World Congress at Art Of Living International Centre, Bangalore. She has also been instrumental in organising and taking many groups to Mount Kailash and various other trekking trips in the Himalayas.
She has always been of a spiritual bent, so she sold her travel business and followed her beliefs in establishing a new career in the arena of spiritual and holistic healing.She has successfully qualified as a counsellor as well as on a number of alternate therapies like EFT and Matrix Reimprinting, Bach Flower remedies, NLP and Breakthrough coaching with Time line technology and has been helping people for the last few years. She also works with leading medical professionals and is able to refer people into their care where necessary.
A dynamic visionary with extensive leadership experience in managing public welfare projects, stress relief programs and peace initiatives with various national and international government agencies, under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living.
Specialized in forging valuable relationships, connecting people and delivering results with tenacious commitment.
Negotiating & Closing deals
Building Relationships Forming Strategic Alliances
Training and Development
Fitness and Wellness
Co-hosted an event - Yuvratri on Christmas Eve, December 2006 in Mumbai, to launch World Alliance for Youth Empowerment (WAYE), in alliance with UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNAID, UNICEF, UN Millennium Campaign and SIDA as strategic partners. Served as Director in WAYE and coordinated global initiatives for youth.
Facilitated the International Education Conference 2006 on integrated value education, in Bangalore with UNESCO and Indian Government's Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) and was Emcee for its Closing Ceremony.
Invited to deliberate on the World Bank's youth policy for year 2007, in Hyderabad, to identify avenues for youth to engage in nation building.
Trained 5000 youth in November 2008 at New Delhi, through Youth Empowerment and Skills (YES!+) Workshop of the Art of Living Foundation, as Tobacco-Free Youth. Worked actively in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, WHO and UNAIDS, to conclude the training successfully.
Visited 20 universities across USA, to combat increased stress and violence, in the wake of Virginia Tech campus shootout. Interacted with key decision makers and student bodies to pave way for violence and stress-free educational campuses. Conducted "Workshop to relieve stress" while at Stanford University.
Conducted a specially designed leadership and empowerment workshop for delegates from Middle Eastern Countries as part of the Art of Living's initiatives for spreading peace, in collaboration with the youth affairs and sports ministry of Iraq.
Lead a delegation of 70+ students to Europe as part of the Indian contingent for World Culture Festival, The 30th anniversary celebrations of the Art of Living Foundation, held at Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Did a commentary, titled 'A Story Retold' on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's knowledge series; 'An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker'. This series also features on YesPlusTv, a dedicated channel on YouTube.
Delivered a series of talks for E TV, aired across their network outlining practical solutions to contemporary and pertinent challenges faced by young people.
Innovator with a proven track record of creative and successful projects in the fields of education, meditation and arts.
Specialized in inspiring individuals, building in them the capacity to offer and implement out of the box solutions for contemporary challenges faced in their personal and professional lives.
Creating Winning Solutions
Fantastic Presentation Skills
Ability to Inspire
Leading & Developing Teams
Mumbai Hope Line: Co-steered a team to prevent suicides by launching a help line to counsel people with suicidal tendencies. Successfully prevented 38 suicides.
Donate a Book, Educate a Child: Spearheaded a fund raising campaign in India, Europe & US for educating first generation students in rural India and Africa.
March against Corruption: Initiated the first step in a national movement against corruption, with 10,000+ youth at Parliament Street, New Delhi on 1st March, 2009.
Anti Tobacco Drive: Trained 5000 youth in November 2008, New Delhi, through Youth Empowerment and Skills (YES!+) Workshop of the Art of Living Foundation. This was a part of the Anti Tobacco Drive of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India.
The Great Green Project: Supervised the implementation of a program to plant and adopt over 10,000 trees all over India.
Yuvratri: Organised, planned and co-hosted an event for over 75,000 urban youth on Christmas Eve, December 2006 in Mumbai, to launch World Alliance for Youth Empowerment (WAYE), in alliance with UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNAID, UNICEF, UN Millennium Campaign and SIDA as strategic partners. Served as Director in WAYE and coordinated global initiatives for youth.
World Culture Festival: Lead a delegation of 70+ students to Europe as a part of the Indian contingent for The 30th anniversary celebrations of the Art of Living Foundation held at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Western Classical Music Appreciation Workshop: Demystifying the western classics and enabling a contemporary audience to understand, appreciate and enjoy this glorious music.
Technology of Spirituality: Created and delivered a talk that unravels the mysteries behind the Technology of Spirituality and the secrets of success. This video went viral on YouTube with over 6,00,000 hits and counting.
Mathemagic: Devised a captivating workshop that enlivens the magic in understanding the fundamentals of Mathematics. Teasers on YouTube garnered more than 8,00,000 views from an audience ranging from 16 to 70 years of age.
A Story Retold: Did a commentary on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's knowledge series; 'An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker'. This series also features on YesPlusTv, a dedicated channel on YouTube.
E TV talks: Delivered a series of talks for E TV, aired across their network outlining practical solutions to contemporary and pertinent challenges faced by young people.
Speaking Tree: Writes occasionally for speaking tree online, a few articles have appeared in the printed versions of Times of India.
Mumbai Connection: All the drama and tension of creating the most complex city rail network has been flattened onto a board. Designed Mumbai Connection, a board game based on the Mumbai local train system, which has enthralled all who have played it.
Mind Maps and More: Created a hugely succesful workshop for soft skill development using the core technique of mind mapping.
Dr. Sudipto Chatterjee
Dr. Sudipto Chatterjee is a Psychiatrist who, after his MBBS schooling in Kolkata, obtained his MD in Psychiatry from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) at Bangalore. After completion of his MD, he worked as a Senior Registrar at NIMHANS for three years. Since then, he has worked in various places in India and Australia as a consultant Psychiatrist. His major body of work is around developing innovative and scientifically robust interventions and strategies for people with mental disorders in the community, especially for people who do not have access to treatments, like in rural communities.
His work in relation to community based rehabilitation for people with serious mental disorders has been adapted widely in India and other low and middle income countries in Asia and Africa. Dr. Chatterjee has published in high impact scientific journals like the Lancet and also worked closely with the World Health Organization in developing mental health services in places like Palestine, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. At present, he is leading two major initiatives related to improving services available in mental hospitals through the INCENSE program and in spreading community services in various parts of the country through the Jan Man Swasth Program.
Samantha Pandyan is an Engineering graduate from Bangalore.
Having worked in the IT field as a Business Associate for about 3 years, she ardently began nurturing her interests in different pathways of knowing more about oneself – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She has invested about 4 years actively in learning, practicing, spreading and catering to holistic wellness effortlessly.
She is a successful practitioner and a life coach who now caters to clients through various modalities such as Reiki, EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, Theta Healing, NLP, Breakthrough coaching with Timeline technology and Magnified Healing. Her wealth of experience and life lessons make her an effective facilitator. She works as an instrument to assist people to lead fulfilled lives – fully knowing that each of us have within ourselves what it takes to bring into reality that which we seek for.