Rajiv Savara

The Journey of Two Collectors (Lecture)

A public lecture by Rajiv Savara on the nature and modes of collecting, drawing on his own wide personal experiences and illustrated by samples from the Roohi & Rajiv Savara Family Collection.

15 May, 2015
NGMA, Bangalore

In the mid 1990s, Rajiv Savara and his wife Roohi, a lawyer by profession, embarked upon their collecting careers with Japanese Meiji art and 19th Century Indo-Portuguese and Anglo-Indian furniture. This gradually expanded into what eventually became the Roohi & Rajiv Savara Family Collection, a distinguished and little known personal collection of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian art.

Rather than building an archive that represented a range of artists from these periods, Rajiv and Roohi collected specific artists and created detailed trajectories of their careers, with an emphasis on their critically acclaimed phases, in a model that highlights the achievements of individual artists. Inspired by legends like the late Paul Mellon Jr. and Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the Savaras’ have collected with passion, backed by knowledge and an unerring eye. Some of the key highlights of their collection include works by Raja Ravi Varma, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, F. N. Souza, V. S. Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Somnath Hore, Ganesh Pyne, Meera Mukherjee and Atul Dodiya.

Now converted into the Savara Foundation For the Arts which aims to preserve and promote a deeper appreciation of Pre-Modern and Modern Indian Art through research, documentation and scholarship, works from the collection have graced exhibitions in museums worldwide.

Rajiv Savara served on the Board of Trustees at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, USA, until December 2013; and both Roohi and Rajiv Savara are on the Advisory Committee for Indian and Himalayan Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA.

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