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Kiran Nadar on Why Culture Matters

April 30, 2022 3:00 pm — 3:45 pm

Auditorium, India Art Fair Grounds

Leading art collector, patron and founder of India’s first private museum, Kiran Nadar will be  in conversation with Dinesh Vazirani, the co-founder of Saffronart about her deep love for Indian and South Asian art, and what it takes to open access to and make culture a part of life for every Indian. This will be a rare opportunity to hear from the pioneering figure who has been instrumental in laying the foundations of India’s art scene.

Kiran Nadar is the Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, an avid art collector, and a philanthropist. She is also a member of the Rasaja Foundation, an educational, scientific and cultural institution created in 1984 by the late Jaya Appasamy, a renowned artist, art historian and art critic. She is also an International Council member of Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA). An advertising, communications and brand professional by background, Kiran Nadar started her career at MCM. Then came her stint at NIIT, where she was responsible for shaping the NIIT brand in its formative years and was closely involved in its brand building strategy. She is one of the top Indian players of competitive bridge as a member of the ‘Formidables’ team, and has not only won many laurels at the National level but has also represented India several times in international competitive bridge events.

Dinesh Vazirani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Saffronart, the world’s leading auction house for Indian art. Dinesh completed both his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and his Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. In 1994, he received an MBA degree with Honours from the Harvard Business School. Dinesh’s alma mater, the Harvard Business School, published a case study on Saffronart that continues to be studied by MBA students there today. Dinesh has held several leadership positions in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was Chapter Chair of YPO’s Bombay Chapter and serves on the boards of several companies in India.He has been collecting and promoting Indian art for the last twenty years, and is a frequent speaker and leading industry expert.