Late Shri. N. Ranga Rao the founder of NR Group, strongly believed in giving back to society, a part of the gains and this he practiced by spending generously on socially relevant causes. This belief became an ideal and passion for the succeeding generations of the Group. Thus NR Foundation, the non-profit charitable trust of the NR Group was born.
NR Foundation is a trust that is well recognized for its contributions in the areas of education, health, art, culture and services to the physically challenged across India. The Trust strongly believes that consistent effort in helping our society brings about positive and permanent changes for the betterment of mankind.
Corporate Social Responsibility is taken seriously and NR Group contributes to deserving causes on a case to case basis. The following are the permanent activities of NR Foundation.
Ranga Rao Memorial School for Disabled [RMSD]
RMSD is a free residential school for visually challenged girls from economically disadvantaged background. Apart from regular school curriculum, the girls are given mobility training, taught life-skills, music, dance and basic cooking, giving them confidence to be responsible for themselves.
A matter of pride for the institution is that a few students from RMSD have gone on to pursue higher studies in regular schools. Some are now employed in the private and government sectors too.
This programme promotes schooling for children who have dropped out because of learning disabilities or economic factors. These Learning Centres / Kalika Kendras conduct training camps, trekking trips and other extracurricular activities to motivate and encourage children to participate. The children showcase their talents and leadership qualities to their own community, which in turn helps sustain interest and regularity at academic sessions.
Project Prerepana has its reach in seven slums of Mysore City — Metagalli, Kumbarakoppal, Medar’s block, Hebbal colony, B. B. Keri, Ekalavyanagar and Manjunathapura. In the last five years, 128 children have successfully gone into regular schools and mainstream education. 222 children have so far benefitted from the Kalika Kendras facilities.
Project Unnati — Cycle Scholarship Programme
NR Group believes that education is the sure route for building a stronger nation. It promotes education by giving scholarships to children and grandchildren of the group employees. About 500 employee families across different working units are benefited by this programme annually.
Vocational Training for Women
Empowering women is another cause that NR Group believes in. Vocational training in bamboo splitting, sticks making, agarbathy rolling and packaging is given to women in tribal and rural areas. This activity is also used as Rehabilitation training in Mysore Central Prison and prisons across Karnataka State.
Ranga Jnana Vinimaya Kendra [RJVK]
RJVK is a free forum for intellectual knowledge sharing. It involves monthly lectures on subjects of topical interest by experts in the field, followed by a question-answer session.
This informal interface between those who know and those who want to know has created and fostered great intellectual awareness in Mysore. Ms. Sreemathi Hariprasad, a retired scientist of CFTRI is the coordinator.
Supporting Art & Cultural Events
NR Group strongly believes in preserving the heritage of our country. A variety of traditional folk arts and cultural activities are organised / sponsored in an effort to keep some of the dying Indian traditions alive while also connecting people with their regional, cultural and social roots. This is done annually and also as and when the opportunity arises.
In olden times, Dhakis (traditional drummers) used to animate the rhythm of life during pujas in Kolkata. In modern times, this art form had slowly become extinct. 8 years ago NR Group conceptualised a competitive event to revive the activity and showcase the cultural heritage of West Bengal. This Dhaker Ladai competition during Durga Puja festivities has enabled artistes to improve the benchmark of both music and performance with renewed enthusiasm every year.
The event has revived the art form of dhak,giving it international recognition, improved demand and remuneration for the artists plus the Dhakis again get the respect they deserve. The event is now an established popular tradition that Kolkata, its neighboring districts and NR Group look forward to every year. Know More >>
Inaugurated 4 years ago, this is an inspirational annual event to showcase the dancing abilities of girls aged 4 years and above. Vision behind this event is to create an ambience that nurtures young minds to co-create and innovate dance as an original form of art with its rhythm, imagination and expression. Rhythm Ta Ta Thai Thai is a unique competitive platform to exhibit the hidden prowess of girls across North Bengal. Know More >>
Best Kolu Contest:
Annually in Tamil Nadu, NR Group conducts the Best Kolu Contest during the Dussera festival. Individual homes and women’s organizations enthusiastically participate to showcase their dolls collection, artistic and presentation talents.
Sheri Garba is a folk art of Gujarat practiced over centuries as a crucial aspect of the Navaratri festival. This traditional art form was forgotten slowly over the recent decades, due to commercialisation of the festivities. Since 2010, NR Group has taken on the onus to revive this unique original art form of Garba across Gujarat. The aim of the activity in the form of annual competitions is to again make Sheri Garba an indispensable part of the Navaratri festival. Judging is purely tradition based, be it attire, dance steps or songs.
Cycle Heritage Quiz:
This new concept in quizzing was initiated in 2011, to encourage young minds to learn about our country’s rich art forms, culture, tradition & history.
The annual Quiz for school children is an attempt by the NR Group to indirectly play an active part in preserving India’s tradition and heritage.