Parmeshwar Godrej (b. 1945; d. 2016)
A philanthropist and patron of the arts, Parmeshwar Godrej was a collector of modern art and championed the work of artists such as MF Husain, Anjolie Ela-Menon and Jehangir Sabavala.
She was received her education at Sir JJ School of Art and became one of the first air hostesses of Air India. In 1965, she married industrialist Adi Godrej of Godrej Industries. Godrej was an active philanthropist best remembered for her work towards spreading awareness about HIV-AIDS in India through her project “Heroes.” She was an active patron in the art world and supported initiatives such as the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) film festival. Along with MF Husain, Godrej established Cinema Ghar, a museum of art and theatre, in Hyderabad in 1999. The museum had a cinema hall and a library with books on art, cinema, music and dance.
Godrej died in Mumbai in 2016.
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