THE SAVARA FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Roohi and Rajiv, alongwith Rajiv’s younger brother Rahul Savara, have established the not-for-profit The Savara Foundation for the Arts, to house this unique repository of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art and to encourage, in the Arts, higher education, conservation and support the development of new areas of purpose.

The founders insist on the thoughtful and rigorous evaluation of potential grants and on meeting the highest standards of quality, in all that The Savara Foundation for the Arts does such that it is rendered most effective, by selecting areas of emphasis with care, identifying within them important trends and opportunities where it might make a distinctive contribution.  On fully understanding the long-term goals to be sought, it then relies on the ablest people and institutions to carry-out the programs in their own best way. It seeks to set high expectations and assumes, in the collaboration between The Savara Foundation for the Arts and the grantee, a high level of trust.

The Savara Foundation for the Arts was the principal sponsor of the Exhibition titled Rhythms of India : The Art of Nandalal Bose (1882-1966), an unprecedented collaboration between the Government of India and the San Diego Museum of Art. Under this collaboration, the Exhibition was first held at the San Diego Museum of Art – San Diego from February through May’08, followed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia, where it was hosted from June'08 through September’08.  Besides financially supporting numerous other Exhibition-specific deliverables, the grant also enabled the qualifying works of the late Nandalal Bose, in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art-Delhi, to undergo conservation and framing, for the benefit of the future generations. In addition, Roohi and Rajiv Savara loaned to these Exhibitions, some of the Works of Art, from their extraordinary Collection.

The Savara Foundation for the Arts has established "The Raj Kumar Savara Memorial Scholarship" with the Lincoln University - Pennsylvania to provide financial aid for an international full-time student, enrolled in the Lincoln - Barnes Visual Arts Center of Excellence in the applicable curriculum.  

More recently, The Savara Foundation for the Arts was the principal sponsor of the Exhibition Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality”,hosted by Gallery Espace- New Delhi, to commemorate 20 path-breaking years of Gallery Espace.The projectwas identified by The Savara Foundation for the Arts, as a project warranting financial and organizational support, as it provided a unique opportunity to encourage as well as make available access to the arts through public display besides ensuring participation by both, Indian as well as International artists.  The exhibition rooted in the theme of magic realism, drewinspiration from sources as diverse as Marquez, Brunuel and Fellini thrilled audiences in New Delhi, with critics acclaiming it as "the Show of the year".  This was the first major initiative in India for The Savara Foundation for the Artsall interaction and support in the past, having been restricted to initiatives, overseas.  

The Savara Foundation for the Arts, through Roohi and Rajiv Savara, is the sponsor of the research and writing of the most comprehensive treatise ever, on the life and works of the late V. S. Gaitonde (1924-2001).

The Savara Foundation for the Arts has also recently sponsored the research and writing of a book on 10 extraordinary Indian Artists being written by Dr. Geeti Sen, shortly to be published by Harper Collins – New Delhi.