Nita Ambani’s Love for Art

Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation (RF), has always strived hard to do something good for the society. One such thing is popularizing our traditional art and culture along with working for healthcare, education, rural development, disaster management, urban renewal so on and so forth. She has worked relentlessly towards facilitating transformative changes to ensure overall well-being and higher quality of life for all by developing the nation’s social capital. There are many renowned museums in the world one being Louvre museum in Paris, now India too might have such a museum thanks to Nita Ambani’s love for art.

Pichavai Paintings:

Pichavai art is an old and living artistic tradition of India. It involves intricate paintings on textiles that are hung behind the idol of Shrinathji. The paintings depict scenes of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger, playing with gopis (milkmaids), or pastoral scenes with cows and forests. Nita Ambani believes that since this art form is very ancient it is struggling to keep itself alive. So in order to keep our Indian culture and tradition alive Nita Ambani and Reliance Foundation has commissioned 100 such artists living in and around Nathdwara in Rajasthan to make about 700 Pichavai paintings. These paintings will be given to all Reliance Employees as Diwali Reliance Corporate Gift. On moving forward Reliance Foundation will commission them to make all Reliance Corporate Gifts. This move of Smt. Nita Ambani has created employment for the Nathdwara’s Pichavai Painters.

MET’s Acknowledgment:

The Met is regarded among the most established and iconic museums globally. It has its presence across three vibrant sites in New York – The Met Breuer, The Met Fifth Avenue, and The Met Cloisters. The renowned museum is home to an art collection of over 5,000 years. Nita Ambani was recently acknowledged by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), New York. This achievement makes her the first South Asian person to be honored by the prestigious museum. Not only the diversity but also the extent to which her philanthropy has touched several lives has been impressive for Met. Nita Ambani was very pleased on receiving this honor; she said that this achievement will only make her to do harder work for the society.

Art Collection:

Nita Ambani has an avid love for art. And it is evident by the contemporary artworks at her Mumbai house Antilla. On entering, visitors will be welcomed by a large painting of Lord Krishna in the lobby. She has eclectic collection of art which includes bright paintings, murals, sculptures, and other forms of artwork. The paintings on display range from earthy abstracts by M.F. Husain, a 9-foot-long Mumbai map by Subodh Gupta, to a golden orb installation sculpted by Anish Kapoor. Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani enjoys painting abstract pieces and landscapes. Isha has introduced Ambani to arts, works and artists. Some of her work has also made it to Mukesh Ambani’s office, and the study room in Antilla. The Art Institute’s curator of Indian art, Madhuvanti Ghose praised Nita Ambani’s taste in art and her dedication to social causes like her health and education initiatives.

Future Goals:

Nita Ambani has stated her plans on establishing her own museum in India. She has already acquired a 19-acre plot close to Reliance’s international school; the museum is set to open its doors to the public by 2018. It is designed to be an exhibition space for art shows; the convention center’s infrastructure would also include a 2,000 seat theater, exhibition areas, offices, residences, and retail spaces.

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