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The seeds of Andhra Mahila Sabha were sown in 1937 at Madras (presently Chennai) in the form of ‘Little Ladies of Brindavan’ to engage the children by teaching them songs, dances and stories.  The sower was Smt.Durgabai, the freedom fighter and disciple of Gandhiji.  Soon the centre started to attract the mothers of the children.  Durgabai being a believer of Women’s Empowerment in those days renamed it as Andhra Mahila Sabha to meet social, cultural and educational needs of women.

The motto of Andhra Mahila Sabha from the beginning was to ‘educate and train women and harness their services in the task of Nation Building’.  To achieve this goal the steps taken by Durgabai helped in spreading the activities of AMS in different directions.  With the extension of its activities the need for institutionalizing the activities was felt.  So AMS was registered under Indian Societies Registration Act of 1860 on 23rd June, 1948 as a society at Chennai.  In order to protect its properties a Trust was registered on 18th October, 1948.

“Through constant innovation and integrity, AMS must become a people’s movement.  With their partnership, it must reach every woman, child and senior citizen who is in need of care, compassion, counselling, medicine, food, legal aid and vocational training” was the aim of Durgabai.

In 1946 Gandhiji blessed the plaque for the inauguration of  Mallamma Devi Mahila Mandiram and the foundation stone for the construction of Chinnamamba Vidya Mandiram.

In its long journey of over 75 years Andhra Mahila Sabha has spread its wings in the areas of education, health care, welfare of the differently abled and the senior citizens.  At present more than two dozen of organs of Andhra Mahila Sabha are functioning in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.   Durgabai’s aim was to provide to the needy from cradle to the last journey.

During the Platinum Jubilee Year general body of AMS resolved to change the name of AMS to Durgabai Deshmukh Mahila Sabha in honour of the founder. The proposal was submitted to the registrar of societies of Tamil Nadu government. Approval from them is received. Officially now AMS has become Durgabai Deshmukh Mahila Sabha.

“I firmly believe that millions and billions of rupees cannot create what sincere, honest and devoted workers can.  Millions and Billions come running after a devoted worker.  That is why I believe that dedicated workers are the backbone of an institution or a country” was Durgabai’s firm belief.  In the true spirit of her belief a number of voluntary workers at Andhra Mahila Sabha are not only keeping the institutions started by her in good health but are spreading it activities into the new areas to meet the challenges of the changing times.