Sudhir Choudhrie is Patron of Arts and Supporter of Handicapped Athletes

For decades, international businessman Sudhir Choudhrie has been a passionate patron of the arts. Along with his wife, Anita, Sudhir Choudhrie established the Stellar International Arts Foundation in 2001. The organization has collected more than 600 pieces, including many by M.F. Husain, widely called the “The Picasso of India.”

The central goal of the Stellar International Art Foundation is to “unite people across the globe using art.” In addition to collecting art from some of the world’s contemporary masters, Stellar supports up-and-coming artists in Asia and provide them with greater opportunity in Western European nations and the United States.

Some of the more prized pieces in Sudhir Choudhrie’s collection are those by Andy Warhol, Damian Hirst and Anish Kapoor.

Sudhir Choudhrie is also deeply involved in efforts to help handicapped athletes in the United Kingdom. In London, his foundation, Paths to Success, also established with his wife, has been a huge benefactor of a number of para-athletic teams and the British Paralympics Team. Paths to Success recently provided funds to purchase 60 wheelchairs for NHS hospitals in the U.K. It has been a strong supporter of the London Titans, a wheelchair basketball team. It also supports the GB Rugby Wheelchair team.

Sudhir Choudhrie has been a devoted supporter of Green Templeton College, an extension of the University of Oxford. A library at Green Templeton is named for Mr. Choudhrie in his honor. Mr. Choudhrie has also been a longstanding supporter of the GTC Emerging Markets Symposium Conference conducted at Radcliffe College.

Much of Mr. Choudhrie’s charitable efforts focus on the medical field. Mr. Choudhrie himself underwent a heart transplant 20 years ago. Today he remains among the longest-surviving heart transplant patients in the world. The experience gave him a vivid appreciation for the tremendous challenges people face with medical issues, including financial challenges. To that end, he has made generous donations to Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. A professorship in cardiology is named for him at Columbia.

Mr. Choudhrie is a native of India and became a British citizen in 2010. He remains dual citizenship with both countries.

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