The Met Winter Party 2017 Honoree: Nita Ambani

Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation and an honoree of The Met Winter Party 2017, speaks about celebrating diversity and inclusion.

Nita Ambani: My first job that I took up was that of a school teacher, and that's where my passion lies, so the next generation has a better life.

Karma is deeply rooted in our Indian culture. I think that has been the abiding philosophy of the Reliance Foundation. At Reliance Foundation, we believe in a holistic life: education, sports, art, healthcare.

For Mukesh and I, I think giving forms a very important part of our lives. We didn't want to just write checks, but thought it was important to work hands-on. We sit together and find solutions with the people, and they are the pathfinders and that makes it more successful.

At the age of five, I started Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form. I want young children to follow some of our ancient arts, practice it and appreciate it. That is the dream that I have for art in India.

I must say I am very proud to be an Indian. India has a vast history of art and culture going back to 5,000 years. And I'm in complete awe of The Met; not only are you preserving that art, but you're giving a chance for people from all walks of life to see it.

We are the fortunate ones to be blessed, and if we can share our resources and make a better place—that is the biggest karma of all.

Director: Christopher Noey
Producer: Kate Farrell
Editor: Stephanie Wuertz
Camera: Sarah Cowan, Dia Felix
Lighting: Ned Hallick
Grip: CJ Yurnet
Production Coordinator: Lisa Rifkind
Production Assistant: Kaelan Burkett
Original Music: Austin Fisher

© 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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