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Annu Kalra is a spir­i­tu­ally in­spired au­thor, artist and guide. Af­ter spend­ing over 20 years in the cor­po­rate world as me­dia, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and brand con­sul­tant, Annu started de­vot­ing most of her time and en­ergy to fa­cil­i­tate trans­for­ma­tion in peo­ple and their lives. In Au­gust 2017, she launched her first book, ‘Aavirb­haav’, with a self-help set of guid­ance and med­i­ta­tion cards of Hindu Deities based on her own paint­ings. Through this book the au­thor has in­tro­duced the read­ers to var­i­ous streams of an­cient Hindu wis­dom such as vedanta, tantra, yoga, mantra chant­ing, as­trol­ogy and many more. There are 57 dif­fer­ent vi­su­als in the book, all are im­ages of her paint­ings. Renowned In­dian politi­cian, phi­lan­thropist and poet Dr Karan Singh, has given the fore­word for the book and also launched it. Gau­tam Gamb­hir said that the book helped him nav­i­gate through some of the land­mines that a crick­eter’s life may en­tail.

A coach and coun­selor to many, Annu con­ducts work­shops and gives per­sonal coun­sel­ing ses­sions to peo­ple.

She is in­vited by di­verse or­ga­ni­za­tions such as schools and YPO to speak on the sub­ject of un­der­stand­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity and bring­ing greater peace and joy in peo­ple’s lives. She was awarded ‘The Iconic Woman mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for ALL’ at the Women Eco­nomic Fo­rum in 2017. A post-grad­u­ate in Eco­nom­ics with no for­mal train­ing in art, she has been awarded for ‘Ex­cel­lence in Art’ by the Bharat Nir­man Foun­da­tion in 2016. She has had two solo shows of her mys­ti­cal art paint­ings and par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous group shows.

Re­cently she re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Tathastu Award for her con­tri­bu­tion to art and the Hindi ver­sion of her Book ‘Aavirb­haav’ which was launched at the award cer­e­mony by the chief guest Dr Harsh Vard­han. NOM­I­NATED BY NEHA NANDINI

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