Rashmi has travelled extensively in India and abroad. Each trip was not merely a visit to see the landmarks, but an experiencing of the Ethos and Culture of the place and its people. Wherever she went, visits to Museums, Galleries and Art Exhibitions formed an integral feature of her Itinerary. She attended lectures and read extensively on the philosophy and history of art.

In the 1980s Rashmi studied Sanskrit and Vedanta under the tutelage of the renowned Sanskrit scholar Acharya Bhai Shankar Purohit. She says reading the ancient texts and treatises in the original is both fascinating and imperative. It has helped her to establish the connection between philosophy and art, and revealed the inter-relationship of Indian architecture, sculpture and painting to Indian dance, music and literature.

In 1997 Rashmi was awarded the prestigious Mellon Fellowship by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for her project on Hari-Hara. She needed to test her theory and methodology and for that she chose the Syncretic icon of Vishnu and Shiva.

In 1998, the Department of Philosophy started a division on Aesthetics and appointed Rashmi as its Honorary Director. In 1999 she curated a one-year Post Graduate Diploma course in Indian Aesthetics which she also directed, to great acclaim, for eight academic years. This programme is now conducted by her at Jnanapravaha Mumbai, an institution solely dedicated to education of the arts.

Besides this, Rashmi is currently a visiting lecturer at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi, having taught Indian art at the School of Oriental Art and African Studies, University of London. She is often invited to lecture and participate in seminars, workshops and symposiums around the world. She has presented several illustrated papers at renowned art institutions such as the British Museum, London; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City; Indian Art Circle, London; School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Nehru Centre, London; Sepia International Inc., New York; Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York; Museum Society, Bombay; and Asiatic Society of Bombay, to name a few.

Rashmi Poddar has recently been appointed Associate Editor for Marg Publications, India’s oldest and most prestigious Art Publishing House which takes a broad cultural and historical view of the arts. Founded in 1946, it has published over 210 magazines and 90 books on wide ranging subjects. More information on Marg can be viewed on their website http://www.marg-art.org

She is also the Chairperson of India Foundation For The Arts (IFA), an independent, professionally managed grant-making organization for the arts. Established as a public trust in 1993, IFA is headquartered in Bangalore, its mission being to fill gaps in the support available for the arts in India and to introduce new approaches to arts philanthropy. Further information can be gleaned at http://www.indiaifa.org

Rashmi is on the board of several prestigious associations in the country and is actively involved in the promotion of the arts in India. She is on The International Council of Asia Society New York; Member of the Board of Directors, Asia Society India Center; Member of National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology; a Trustee of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, Bombay; Trustee of the India Foundation For The Arts, Bangalore; Council Member of the Mumbai Chapter, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Last but not the least, she has been invited by the Government of Bihar to serve on a Steering Group on Vision Bihar : Harnessing its Tourism Potential. She has also been invited to be a Member of the International Advisory Committee, of an International Conference and Festival on WATER!

A self-confessed sports addict, Rashmi was till recently a keen Golfer. She was Ladies Captain at the Willingdon Sports Club, Bombay and West Zone representative on the Indian Golf Union Ladies Section for a number of years.

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