ROOHI AND RAJIV SAVARA FAMILY COLLECTION

In the mid-90’s, Rajiv and his wife Roohi, embarked upon their collecting career, starting their Collection with Japanese Meiji Art, focusing on Wooden and Ivory Okimonos as well as Shadonas, followed by 19th Century Indo-Portuguese and Anglo-Indian furniture. In the late 90’s, their focus diverted to the creation of what has now become, a distinguished yet little – known, most personal collection of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art. Their approach has been a unique blend of insight and erudition. Roohi and Rajiv’s admiration for the powerful Works of Raja Ravi Varma, the Tagore’s (Rabindranath, Gaganendranath and Abanindranath) and the early period Works of the Progressives Group (M.F. Husain, V.S. Gaitonde, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar) reinforced their desire to collect and realize an ever-expanding program of acquisitions, now nested as the Roohi and Rajiv Savara Family Collection.

Rather than aiming for a collection representing the range of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art, their devotion has driven and continues to drive them to collect, based on a courageous commitment made by them to a particular vision of art history, one based on their belief that Modern Indian culture is and will continue to be defined, by the achievements of only a few great Artists.  One element has, however, acted as a unifying force throughout…. an eye and passion for the finest, so well represented and adequately demonstrated by their Collection.   

Rajiv completed in December 2013 his 5 year term of serving on the Board of Trustees of The Barnes Foundation – Philadelphia (www.barnesfoundation.org), established in 1922 and which is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir and Modigliani.

In addition, both, Roohi and Rajiv, are on the Advisory Committee for Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia  (www.philamuseum.org). The Philadelphia Museum of Art, known locally and colloquially as “The Art Museum”, is among the largest art museums in the United States. The Museum was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year. It today houses over 200 galleries, spanning 2000 years of history.

More recently, Rajiv has been nominated on the Advisory Board of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in) a private museum for Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, being set-up by the Shiv Nadar Foundation in NOIDA – India. Shiv Nadar, the Founder of HCL - a $5 billion leading Global Technology and IT Enterprise, which employs over 60,000 employees, across 23 countries, has established the Shiv Nadar Foundation. His wife Kiran,  an avid art collector, is steering the KNMA initiatives to, amongst others, enable her art collection to be seen by more people as well as  importantly, to increase awareness and the value of Indian Art.