Syamarani Dasi "aka Didi" is a master painter of Bhakti Art and one of the most stalwart teachers of bhakti-yoga in current times. She is among the first disciples of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world-renowned founder-acharya of ISKCON (the International Society for Krsna Consciousness), since 1967 and she is also a prominent student of Srila Prabhupada’s close associate, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. Under their expert spiritual guidance, she has created nearly over 300 works of devotional art and is recognized as one of the most influential spiritual artists to emerge out of the Hare Krsna Movement and its subsequent school of art.
After meeting Srila Prabhupada in Tompkins Square Park in New York City in 1966, her life quickly evolved into a vibrant whirlwind of devotional service and sacred art which has expanded over the past 5 decades, touching the lives of millions around the world. She is also a senior editor for Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja’s lectures & books with Gaudiya Vedanta Publications, and she continues to produce vivid canvases which serve as windows to the spiritual world.
As a beloved spiritual guide and leader, Syamarani has spoken at temples, universities, & festivals around the world, and she is regularly invited to speak on TV and radio programs in the countries she visits each year.
In 2018 at the Bhakti-Fest in Joshua Tree, California, she was presented with the annual Humanitarian Award by Deepak Chopra. This honor was bestowed upon her for over 50 years of exquisite devotional art and her efforts to alleviate the suffering of the world’s people through the teachings of bhakti yoga.