The Dwaraknath Reddy Ramanarpanam Trust (DRRT) was established by Mr.Dwaraknath Reddy, Chairman of the Nutrine Group of Companies, dedicating his lifetime personal earnings and wealth toward charitable and developmental activities for the poor. More than 50 years ago, Dwaraknath Reddy founded the Nutrine Confectionary Company with a modest capital. Over many years the company grew into national prominence as one of India’s largest confectionary units. Even while functioning diligently as the Corporate Head, Dwaraknath Reddy felt a deeper demand and desire within himself to submit fully to the pursuit of spiritual enquiry. He settled down near Ramanashram in Tiruvannamalai to live a life of a seeker pursuing the teachings of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, the leading light of Dwaraknath Reddy’s self enquiry. The Ramanarpanam Trust was an offering or an “arpanam” of a devoted “sadhaka” to his spiritual master Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Dwaraknath Reddy also helped set up the Ranjini Dwaraknath Reddy Trust (RDRT), dedicating it to the memory of his late wife.

These two Trusts, are managed by his daughter Ms. Anita Reddy—a social activist with many years of experience working with the poor. DRRT and RDRT, have not only contributed funds towards various projects for the upliftment and development of the downtrodden, but have also been more deeply involved in the process of empowering poor communities towards self-reliance and enabling them to live with a sense of identity and dignity.

The guiding light and inspiration for these Trusts and their various projects has been Mr. Dwaraknath Reddy – a humble, simple, caring and giving person.

To promote the following objectives and to implement developmental activities for the poor, the Ramanarpanam Trust has launched two initiatives – DRIK (Dwaraknath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge) and DRUVA (Dwaraknath Reddy centers for Upliftment of Village Artisans).

Over the years the effort has been:

  • To work with the poor to realize their basic rights—to access better shelter, negotiate and get water rights and implement infrastructure support by building community centres, toilet blocks, schools etc.

  • To enable, enhance, and empower poor families and communities in urban slums and rural villages to lead a life of security and dignity.


  • To protect the rights of children and women, especially through focus on development activities that empower and capacitate them to live independently with self-belief, self-reliance and self-identity.

  • To capacitate the poor through education programs, and through training and awareness-building.


  • To strive for the emergence of leadership from within poor communities by promoting programs that enhance thinking and decision making powers.


  • To enhance the credit eligibility of the poor and further access them to loans through banks and housing finance institutions, by encouraging economic saving programs, formation of self-help groups etc.


  • To promote the development of rural artisans and strive for socio-economic empowerment of villages, particularly through DWARAKA (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans in Kalamkari Art).

  • DRUVA primary focus is to promote DWARAKA (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans in Kalamkari Art)—empowering kalamkari artists to maximize their unique artistic talents as a viable means to survival. DWARAKA has helped reorganize alienated kalamkari artists under a collective vision and new identity. To many artists, DWARAKA is not just an organization, but a movement, that echoes the story of their life struggle and one that instills in them a feeling of empowerment and purpose. Through DWARAKA women are also learning the once male-dominated art and are now able to support their families through painting kalamkari. DWARAKA artists manage their own community development fund with earnings from sales of their work, further establishing the DWARAKA effort as a self-reliant and sustainable reality for artisans.

    Another important DRUVA initiative is the support of the Satsang Foundation’s efforts in the development of Tribal communities of Madanapalli by establishing Satsang Mahila Niketan. DRUVA has also been fundamental in the launch of KARUNA, a federation of kalamkari units in Srikalahasthi—an attempt to unify hundreds of kalamkari artists and workshops under a common social platform.

    To focus on children’s rights through the creation of opportunities for education, cultural empowerment, and skill enhancement that provides employment for youth, and above all to promote development activities that assert strong values of nationalism, unity, harmony, peace, equality and a humane society where children can celebrate life with joy and laughter, especially through the Education Movement DRISHYA and the Socio-Cultural Movement JEEVANOTSAVA under the DRIK (Dwaraknath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge) banner of the Ramanarpanam Trust.


    In addition to these important projects currently being supported by DRIK and DRUVA, there are other development initiatives that have been executed, including:
  • Provision of drinking water to different urban slums.
  • Reconstruction of toilets in urban slums.
  • Construction of community centers.
  • Extension of health support to slum dwellers.
  • Distribution of children’s scholarships and other educational support.
  • Support to slum dwellers for construction of their houses.
  • Providing aid to the poor for income generating activities.
  • Support to destitute women for their rehabilitation.
  • Promotion of sports and cultural programs for the poor.
  • Encouraging revival of traditional skills in rural areas.
  • Setting up of a school-cum-leadership training institute for children from slums.

  • Support for these various programs has meant not only the extension of financial grants, but the total involvement of living up to the ideals of the Ramanarpanam Trust—to serve the poor with devotion and dedication. It is with the same dedication that the VIVEKA campus at Chikkaballapur is being established, to cater to the poor and to focus on and promote education for sustainable development.

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