Tasneem Zakaria Mehta (b. 1954)
A curator and arts administrator, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is the current honorary director and managing trustee of the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Mehta studied English literature at Delhi University, followed by a fine arts degree from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, and a Master’s in liberal arts from Columbia University, New York. She joined the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in 2003. In this role, she was responsible for the refurbishment and revival of the museum, which received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence for Conservation in 2005. Mehta also instituted the Modern & Contemporary Indian Art and Curatorial Studies post-graduate diploma course at the museum.
She is on the advisory board of the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Governing Council of National Institute of Design (NID), as well as a trustee of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. She was also a member of the Museum Expert Committee, Ministry of Culture, and the Academic Council of the National Museum Institute. Additionally, she has served as a board member of the Salar Jung Museum and vice-chairperson of the Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
At the time of writing, Mehta lives and works in Mumbai.
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