New York: Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani said India is at the right place and time and its rich culture is attracting people from across the world. Speaking to ANI in New York, he said, “This is our fourth exhibition at the MET (Museum). We started with Nasreen Mohammadi in 2016 and also at NMACC (Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre) our vision is to bring the best of the world to India. So I am very happy to be here and be a part of this big show.”
‘India the cradle of Buddhism’
Nita Ambani’s foundation has supported “The Tree and the Serpent”, an art exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit “The Tree and the Serpent” is a specimen of Buddhist art from the 2nd century BC to 4th AD. That’s why I am really excited to be here,” Nita Ambani said. India is the cradle of Buddhism and Buddhism is associated with the Indian ethos. He added that his foundation is also looking to collaborate with various museums around the world and bring art to India.
‘India is now at the right place and time’
Nita Ambani said that in the last three months after we (NMACC) opened, we saw 5,000 to 6,000 footfalls every day. More than 1.5 lakh people came to us for just two exhibitions. India is now at the right place and time. People from all over the world are interesting about Indian culture, he said. India’s first of its kind, multidisciplinary cultural space, the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Center was opened about three months ago with the aim of showcasing the best of India in music, theatre, fine arts and crafts to the world.
‘The world is interested in Indianness and Indian culture’
How much influence does India have in the West and how has it changed over the years? Nita Ambani said that she can see the change before her eyes. I first came here at the age of 21 as a young bride and today I sit here as a very proud Indian. There has been so much global interest in Indianness and Indian culture and so much appreciation for what India has. I think our young Indians are leading this change. I met the Indian diaspora at the White House and the excitement to meet them was palpable. They are doing great in healthcare, NASA, culture, media and businesses. I think this century is going to belong to the youth of our country. 50% of our population is below the age of 25 and it is the young girls and boys who are taking India forward.