Devaki Shetty: The iron woman

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Devaki Shetty: The iron woman known for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities



Devaki is 89 years old and struggling with memory loss. She struggles to recognize her own grandchildren and has forgotten the huge impact she made on the community around her.

When she was young, Devaki Shetty was not an ordinary woman who just took care of her family and her kids. She handled a huge agricultural business dealing in coconut, rice and jaggery. She was also an active figure in the local political circles and influenced many decisions that were taken for the betterment of Udupi. Whenever anyone in her community had a problem, they would run to her for help and she would go out of her way to solve that problem.

Today, Devaki is 89 years old and struggling with memory loss. She struggles to recognize her own grandchildren and has forgotten the huge impact she made on the community around her. Life has come a full circle for her like it will for each one of us. Despite all of this, Devaki still manages to find a reason to smile and we captured her many moods on a visit to her place.


Her ability to stay strong in the face of adversity, her desire to donate generously to local charities and her capacity to take huge responsibilities - all of these qualities will ensure that she is never forgotten.


At Urruda, we salute her indomitable spirit and pray for her good health.


Personal Information Courtesy: Grandson | Photo Courtesy: Karan Bakshi