|First Gentlemen/Ladies of India|
|Inaugural holder||Rajvanshi Devi|
|Formation||26 January 1950|
|Deputy||Spouse of the Vice President of India|
The First Lady of India or First Gentleman of India is the title given to the host of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, usually the spouse of the President of India. There are no official roles or duties assigned to the spouse. The spouse generally attends official ceremonies and functions.
The position of First Gentleman of India is currently vacant, as President Draupadi Murmu is widowed.
Rajvanshi Devi, the wife of India's first president, was the country's first lady from 1950 until 1962. Devi kept a very low profile during this era and did not attend public events with President Rajendra Prasad.
Saraswati Bai, wife of the country's fourth president, V. V. Giri, was the first first lady to take a more public role. Bai's role marked a change from the lower profile of her predecessors. She attended and hosted public events and became a recognizable figure to the Indian public.
Begum Abida Ahmed, India's first lady from 1974 to 1977, further expanded the public role of the first lady's position by organizing ceremonies and official functions at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. She was also the first among the first spouses to hold a public office when she was Member of Parliament between 1980 and 1989.
Usha Narayanan was the first spouse of foreign origin.
Before Pratibha Patil was sworn in as the first female president of India, the role of the wives of the president was to act as the chief hostess of the Bhavan. In 2007, the office room meant for the first lady went for some minor changes to accommodate the husband of Pratibha Patil, Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat, the country's inaugural "first gentleman".
Former first lady Suvra Mukherjee, the wife of President Pranab Mukherjee, died in office on 18 August 2015. The position of First Lady remained vacant for the remainder of President Mukherjee's term.
The position is currently vacant since 2022 as president Droupadi Murmu is a widow.
The role of a first spouse is largely ceremonial. The first spouse has no official duties, but he or she generally attends the official ceremonies and functions held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with the president. Most of the first spouses have maintained a low profile.
In case of the absence of a spouse, another relative of the President may take up the role of host or hostess during official functions at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, this is not mandatory, and the role of hostess has been vacant during the tenure of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Zail Singh's daughter had served as hostess for some events. Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee served as hostess for some events, during her mother's illness.
Birth - Death
|Tenure||What Happened in the End of Serving as First Lady||President|
|26 January 1950
12 May 1962
|3||Shah Jahan Begum
|13 May 1967
3 May 1969
|Acting||Saraswati Bai1912-2019||3 May 1969
20 July 1969
|Became Prime Minister.||V. V. Giri|
|Acting||Pushpa Shah[b]Born 1930||20 July 1969
24 August 1969
|4||Saraswati Bai1912-2019||24 August 1969
24 August 1974
|Died.||V. V. Giri|
|5||Begum Abida AhmedBorn 1926||24 August 1974
11 February 1977
|Became Vice Vice President||Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed|
|Acting||Sangamma Jatti1901-2022||11 February 1977
25 July 1977
|Divorced||B. D. Jatti|
|6||Neelam Nagaratnamma Reddy
|25 July 1977
25 July 1982
|Retired||Neelam Sanjiva Reddy|
|25 July 1982
25 July 1987
|Died after Years||Zail Singh|
|8||Janaki VenkataramanBorn 1907||25 July 1987
25 July 1992
|Became the Current Vice||Ramaswamy Venkataraman|
|25 July 1992
25 July 1997
|Died||Shankar Dayal Sharma|
|10||Usha Narayanan[d]||25 July 1997
25 July 2002
|Lived||K. R. Narayanan|
|11||Vacant[e]||A. P. J. Abdul Kalam|
|12||Devisingh Ransingh Shekhawat[f]
|25 July 2007
25 July 2012
|13||Suvra Mukherjee[g][h]||25 July 2012
18 August 2015
|14||Savita Kovind||25 July 2017
25 July 2022
|Lived||Ram Nath Kovind|
|15||Vacant||25 July 2022