About the conference

India’s water crisis has escalated into a frightening situation over the past years. Multiple reasons have led to the drying up of important rivers of India. The natural process of renewing water resource in many river basins has been disturbed due to drastic use of land, deforestation, increased soil erosion, and siltation.

Consequently, perennial rivers have become seasonal and seasonal rivers have become dry. A notable change in rainfall pattern has also added to India’s water woes. There is a dire need to harvest rainwater and increase water potential both, on surface and sub-surface.

Unraveling the natural processes to revive the rivers, identifying the place and types of disturbances in this process and planning scientifically to revive them to their original flow is the concept of river rejuvenation project.

The Art of Living has been involved in comprehensive and eco-friendly planning and implementation of parts of river basins in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and other states. Five years of relentless efforts are yielding good results.

To accelerate solution-based approach for reviving rivers, VVKI, along with IAHV, held a conference on 5-6 December 2017 at The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru.

Who all participated?

Various national-level scientific and socio-economic organizations, subject matter experts across geographies, volunteers, and farmer groups involved in river rejuvenation projects participated in the conference.

The conference also brought together water resource engineers, social scientists, policymakers and rural as well as urban youth, to accelerate the work into a national movement, for a water sufficient India.


Mr. T Suvarna Raju


Mr. Ashok Dalwai

Additional Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, GOI

Ms. Aparjita Sarangi

IAS - Joint Secretary RDPR, GOI

Dr. YVN Krishnamurthy

Director, NRSC-ISRO Hyderabad

Mr. V.M. Chamola

Director, HR, HAL

Prof. Roger Falconer

Prof School of Engineering, Cardiff University, UK

Prof. Subramanya K

Retired Professor, IIT Kanpur

Dr. TG Sitharam

Professor, Geotechnologist, IISc

Dr. K V Raju

Theme Leader - Policy and Impact Asia Program, ICRISAT

Dr. Gurubalamurugan

Associate Professor, TISS – Geo-Informatics, Mumbai

Mr. Nagesh Hegde

Journalist & Environmentalist

Mr. Pratap Hegde

IOT, CEO - telematics4u

Dr. VR Hegde

Director, PIXEL Softek Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. V. Ponraj

Director, Abdul Kalam Foundation

Dr. Lingaraju Yale

National Director, RRP-VVKI

Dr. SK Subramanian

Former ISRO Scientist & Technical Advisor, RRP-VVKI

Mr. Ravindra Desai

Director - Govt. & Corp Relations, RRP-VVKI