It is always a proud privilege to meet and interact with legendary iconic achievers from different fields. Kavipriya has been nurturing this dream right from her childhood. After completing her graduation in Computer Science and post graduation in Visual Communication, she joined a reputed B School to pursue her MBA.
Kavipriya had the opportunity of meeting 50 legendary and iconic achievers and interacted with them over a period of one year. "Ever since I began writing with a pen, I started to record my observations and my feelings in my personal diary. Somewhere in the midst of all this was born the germ of an idea to chronicle the lives of living legends who have impacted the world with their ways and views." Kavipriya recalls her pleasant memories.
Living Legends and Learning Lessons
She joined hands with Prof. Bala Balachandran, a globally renowned Management Guru and the Founder of Great Lakes Institute, to author a book titled 'Living Legends, Learning Lessons'. In this book she featured 10 Indian legends like Ratan Tata, Infosys Narayanamurthy, Adi Godrej, Philip Kotler, Deepak Chopra, Kiran Mazumdar and few others. This book was released at Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. Ratan Tata and N R Narayanamurthy launched the book at Chennai and Bengaluru respectively, in July 2015.
Ratan Tata (second from left) launching the book. Kavipriya (extreme right looking on)
"Ratan Tata is truly regal. Although he is an industry icon respected globally, I am impressed with his simplicity and humbleness. I was surprised when he walked up to my elderly grandparents and greeted them during the book launch", says Kavipriya.
Kavipriya says that she has learnt a lot at this young age, by interacting with the icons of various fields.
She is coming out with the second part of the book featuring the remaining of the 50 icons she had interacted with. "These icons have such intense aura, that it is difficult not to be influenced by them", says Kavipriya.
While addressing the media at Bengaluru during the book launch, N R Narayanamurthy, Founder of Infosys openly acknowledged that Kavipriya was his inspiration, because she left a lucrative job to take up entrepreneurship and to start her branding company. He even went to the extent of requesting Prof. Bala to write a book about her.
Kavipriya is a multi-faceted and multi-talented personality. She has been a classical dancer right from her childhood, combining the dance forms, Kathak, Ballet and Bharatanatyam. During her student days, she used to visit old age homes and orphanages to perform before the inmates. She has done more than 2000 such performances. "I used to feel happy when I could add smiles on the faces of the elderly people, and children through my dance performances. That is why I have named my branding company, 'Adding Smiles Pvt Ltd'." She is engaged in CSR activities as well as personal branding, through her company.
She had won the titles of Miss Coimbatore and Miss Teenager India at the national level and Miss Chennai as the runner-up. She has the skill to sketch while dancing the Kathak. The picture (left) was drawn by her in 4 minutes during her dance performance at the talent round of Miss Chennai Competition 2010.
Kavipriya has appeared in nearly 75 print and television advertisements as model for products. "I have appeared as bride in more than 90% of these advertisements. I accepted modelling assignments only where I was presented in a dignified manner", says Kavipriya. Some of the co-models who worked with her are now popular film artistes. Kavipriya declined acting opportunities, as she wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Globally renowned Marketing Guru Philip Kotler being interviewed by Kavipriya
She has several role models in her life. She admires Jayalalitha and Indira Nooyi for their administrative capabilities. She adores Priyadarshini Govind, the dancer who sustains her energy for a long time while dancing, even at her 60-plus age. She respects M S Subbulakshmi and Meenakshi Seshadri for their divine beauty.
"I want to touch millions of lives through my organisation, 'Adding Smiles', my dance and my philanthropy", Kavipriya concludes.
She can be reached at Kavipriya@addingsmiles.com
By K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief and Sukruti Vadula, Editorial Team, PreSense