Rachana started Chiranthana, a not for profit organization, 15 years ago when she found out that her daughter was a child with special needs. She then quit her corporate job and started Chiranthana, to make an impact in the field of disabilities. She became a certified special educator from Spastics Society of Karnataka and ever since, she has been working on content development to socio emotional learning and various therapies.
Her work extended to urban and rural areas, both with typical and atypical children. She has worked with Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy Dyslexia and other difficulties. Today, Chiranthana has its Head Office in Bengaluru with a branch in Gubbi Taluk (Tumkur), making an impact in the lives of 500 + children and adults. She has been instrumental in creating employment to more than 50 people with disabilities across Karnataka.
Rachana started her career as a HR Executive and slowly rose to managerial positions before becoming an entrepreneur. She has a strong foundation in leadership, learning and organizational development.
Rachana is a theatre artist, playwright and a film maker. Rachana has been instrumental in scripting, directing and producing more than 35 theatrical productions independently across Bangalore and surrounding villages. Bharath Diaries, Ganga and her friends, Man the Saviour, Bhalle Casa, Dhruva, Bala Vikasa, Sattavaru Yaaru are some good examples of productions written, developed and directed by Rachana. She recently premiered her short film, “I am Enough”, which was written and directed by her. She also has directed an International play, A Muslim in the midst which saw 8 shows in Bangalore.
MBA from Symbiosis, Pune (Human Resource Management), Training specialization from ISTD (Delhi), PG Diploma in Inclusive Education from Spastics Society of Karnataka, Theatre training course from Rangayana, Mysore
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Awarded a Rex Karamveer Chakra Fellowship for her exemplary contribution in social space, XIAOMI Women Achiever of the year 2022 for contribution in social space.
The SABERA Award for Social Leader of the Year is awarded to our founder Rachana Prasad at UNESCO in Delhi on December 2022.