Lekha Poddar pictured in black and white seated looks to the left and smiles. She has dark, short, layered hair wearing a dark wrap along with a necklace.

Lekha Poddar

Founder, Devi Art Foundation

Lekha Poddar is a philanthropist, businesswoman and art collector. Among other initiatives, she is recognised for her instrumental role in setting up ‘Textile Arts of India’, an organisation created to promote excellence in traditional handloom weaving in the country. With friends, she restored and set up the Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel near Alwar, Rajasthan. In 2000, along with her son, Anupam Poddar, Devigarh — an 18th century Fort Palace outside Udaipur, Rajasthan — was also restored and launched as a hotel. Harnessing her passion for South Asian art, Poddar further founded the Devi Art Foundation with her son. Established in 2008, the Devi Art Foundation has held fourteen major exhibitions till date and is now involved in arts education to a smaller scale.