Abhishek Poddar

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Abishek Poddar (born 1968) is an Indian industrialist, philanthropist and art collector. Poddar has served on the advisory committees of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru and is currently on the advisory panel of the Foundation Inde-Eurpoe de Nouveaux Dialogues (FIND) or the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues, headquartered in Rome,[1] Trustee of the Art & Photography Foundation, Bengaluru and on the Board of the Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru. He is also the former Honorary Consul for Poland in Bengaluru.[2] He is also the director of Sua Explosives & Accessories,[3] and the managing director of Matheson Bosanquet.

Patronage and philanthropy[edit]

As an active art collector since the early 1980s, Poddar created a significant collection of South Asian art, craft and antiquities, including modern and contemporary art which according to the auction house Christie’s is one of the world’s most important collections on the sub-continent.[4] In 2018, Poddar donated the majority of the family collection to the Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru, a project of which the family are also patrons. He was named as one of Asia's Heroes Of Philanthropy by Forbes Magazine in 2018.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Poddar was born in Calcutta (Kolkata) as the son of industrialist Bimal Poddar. He went to Lamartiniere for Boys and later transferred to The Doon School, Dehradun. He completed his studies at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta. Poddar is married to Radhika Sanghi, founder of the design and lifestyle store Cinnamon. They have two children and live in Bengaluru.


Poddar worked initially at Khaitan & Co., and later at the Standard Chartered Bank before joining the family businesses. In the 1970s, the Poddar family acquired Matheson Bosanquet, an 80-year old company with activities in tea production, trading and export, and shipping. Poddar joined the company in the late 1980s and took over as Managing Director in 1997. He also became Managing Director of the Poddar family's company, Sua Explosives & Accessories Private Limited, which manufactures and supplies mining explosives and accessories in India, catering to both the domestic and international market. Other companies he owns range from trading and export to the retail sector.

Museum of Art & Photography (MAP)[edit]

Poddar serves as the Founder-Trustee at the Museum of Art & Photography, a unit of the Art & Photography Foundation. MAP is a Bangalore-based museum set to open in 2020[6]. With his family, Poddar donated $7 million and 7,000 pieces from their personal collection to the Museum of Art & Photography in Bangalore. As the first major private art museum in India's tech city, it already has more than 18,000 works covering the gamut from modern and contemporary Indian art to photography and popular culture. [7]


  1. ^ "Abhishek Poddar: Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Bloomberg.
  2. ^ "Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Sua Explosives & Accessories Pvt. Ltd". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Abhishek Poddar: From teenage collector to a titan of Indian art | Christie's". Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ Chung, Grace. "Asia's 2018 Heroes Of Philanthropy: Putting Wealth To A Good Cause". Forbes. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Collector Abhishek Poddar's Vision for a New Museum in India". Whitewall. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  7. ^ Chung, Grace. "Asia's 2018 Heroes Of Philanthropy: Putting Wealth To A Good Cause". Forbes. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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