Dr.(Smt).Durgabai Deshmukh, the “Crown Jewel of A.P.” hailed as the “Doyen of Social Service in India” was the founder of ANDHRA MAHILA SABHA, a unique voluntary organization in the World’s voluntary sector, with more than 50 units working for the cause of women – their empowerment, education, health, disability, rehabilitation, legal aid, old age support.
She was a multifaceted, personality – freedom fighter, social worker, educationist, administrator, dynamic leader, prolific writer, institution builder, committed worker and above all a great humanist.
Dr. (Mrs.) Durgabai Deshmukh, a woman of strong conviction and buoyant optimism belonged to the class of people who believed in simple living and high thinking. As an institutional builder she catered to the felt needs of the society, starting new institutions from time to time. A staunch believer in sacrifice, she continued her long journey (1909 to 1981) from her childhood till her last breath she was a source of inspiration and a towering light. She continued this remarkable journey with commitment, dedication and sacrifice leaving AMS with the rich legacy of the eternal values cherished by one and all.