Kiran Nadar, Founder and Chairperson of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation, was presented with the Devi Award by the The Sunday Standard, (part of The New Indian Express Group), for her outstanding work in promoting and popularising Indian art nationally and internationally. The awards ceremony on took place on 13th November 2018, at ITC Maurya, New Delhi, and were presented by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The Devi Award is presented to exceptional Indian women who display dynamism and innovation in their work, and who are changing the lives and lot of people and society. This award highlights Kiran Nadar’s significance as a leading Indian collector and patron supporting South Asian art and its history both nationally and internationally, and follows several recent acknowledgements for her contributions to India’s cultural landscape, she was named last year as one of the 100 most influential people in the contemporary art world by Art Review.
‘Devis’ are chosen through a stringent rating process conducted by the senior editorial team of The New Indian Express, using transparent methodology. Winners are selected on the basis of their contribution to their chosen line of work, as well as society in general. The rating process runs true to our media group’s motto of ‘Favour None, Fear None’.
Kiran Nadar’s acknowledgement follows a year of landmark exhibitions supported by KNMA both in India and abroad which have continued the museum’s vision of supporting and platforming Indian artists. Mrs Nadar’s patronage and support of South Asian arts has established her as a key figure in the contemporary arts landscape globally.
In 2019, the museum mounts the much anticipated retrospective by Arpita Singh – the most significant show to date of one of India’s most respected female artists.