Nita Ambani, philanthropist and wife of Asia’s richest person Mukesh Ambani, has been named an honorary trustee on the board of the largest US art museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Daniel Brodsky, the museum’s chairman announced Nita Ambani’s election. She is the first Indian to be honoured with this position.

“Mrs. Ambani’s commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art and culture is truly exceptional. Her support has an enormous impact on the museum’s ability to study and display art from every corner of the world. It is a pleasure to welcome Nita Ambani to the Board,” Brodsky said in a statement adding that Nita Ambani has been supporting exhibitions at the New York City institution for years.

“She is especially committed to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture, and heritage,” the Met said.

Key Takeaways

  • Nita Ambani elected trustee on the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Popularly known as The Met)
  • She has been supporting exhibitions at the New York City institution for several years.
  • The philanthropist has become the First Indian Trustee in the museum’s 150-year history.
  • The announcement was made by Daniel Brodsky, the museum’s chairman on November 12.

Speaking about her commitment to supporting Indian art and culture on a global platform, Nita Ambani said, “It has been deeply rewarding for me over the past several years to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its desire to expand and enhance its program of exhibiting the arts of India. I have been moved and impressed by The Met’s keen interest, which enables our commitment to seeing Indian art and culture represented on the global platform. This great distinction inspires me to redouble my efforts on behalf of India’s heritage, from the ancient to the contemporary.”

“The Met enables Indian art to be shown at an iconic institution and further encourages us to continue our work in the art world,” Nita Ambani had said in a 2017 statement.

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Nita Ambani, Forbes’ one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia, is mostly known for her work as the founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. She has been attached to The Met since 2016.

The museum said, “In her role as Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Mrs Ambani has impacted the lives of more than 34 million people across India through the organization’s initiatives in rural transformation; health; education; sports for development; disaster response; arts, culture and heritage; and urban renewal.”

“Generous with her time and expertise, Mrs Ambani is also a member of The Met’s International Council,” the museum said in a statement

It added, “The Foundation’s education program pays special attention to gender equity to increase much-needed opportunities for girls and young women. The Foundation’s Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship has so far provided financial support to 12,000 students to pursue graduation in any institution of their choice—nearly half of these scholarships are given to girls.”

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