WORK IS JOY.
ART IS HAPPINESS.

ranvir shah is a social activist, cultural catalyst, and a businessman. ranvir shah is a firm believer of the fact that the proactive role of the industry can play a major role in improving the state of cultural, artistic and non-commercial ventures.
“There is no ‘right’ way to make art. The only wrong is in not trying, not doing. Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there — just get to work and make something.”
education,
work, and other interests
1962
Born in Mumbai
1977
Schooling: Cathedral and John Connon School Mumbai (ICSE ’77).
1981
Started writing
1984
Started Art Curation
1986
Masters in Political Science from Madras University
1998
Established Prakriti Foundation, a catalyst in changing and enlarging the cultural scene in Chennai.
2000
Took over reins of the family business
2010
Started Indian Agro Exports
2010
Established Shanta Ayurveda Hospital
2012
Set-up Mangala Heritage Home, a home-turned-retreat at Thirupugalur
2012
Set-up Pratham Hospice Trust, a free Palliative Care ward
Ranvir shah at Park's New Festival 2007 Edition
BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY
Ranvir believes a strong business philosophy distills culture into a group of core values and guides employees at decision-making crossroads.
All the business verticals are constantly in pursuit of excellence, whether it be employee welfare, superior quality product, or customer satisfaction.
Ranvir Shah at 2010 3rd Dennis Hudson Memorial Lecture and Book Launch

THREAD OF LIFE

Ranvir Shah believes that one must question the assumptions on which the organization has been built. It drives the organizational discipline and redefines what the organization considers meaningful results.

EARLY LIFE
RANVIR HAD VERY IMPRESSIONABLE EARLY LIFE.
EVEN THOUGH HE WAS INVOLVED IN FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE his TEENAGE YEARS, ART CONTINUED TO BE THE FOCUS OF HIS LIFE.

Born in Mumbai in a Jain business family, Ranvir had to learn the ropes of the business pretty early in life. Ranvir did his schooling from different parts of the world, namely Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and the US. After finishing schooling at Cathedral and John Connon School Mumbai (ICSE ‘77), he did plus two at Hassaram Rijhumal College and later received bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Vivekananda English College, Chennai. he soon moved to Chennai from Bombay in 1980, where his family started a garment business.

Ranvir would spend his days helping out at his father’s factory and spend the evenings attending classes at Vivekananda College. His interest in books, art, music, and very keen aesthetic perception began to get noticed ever since he was in college. Back in college, he directed A.K. Ramanujan’s translation of Sangam poetry in the form of a drama which was also the debut appearances of Nirupama Nityanandan and Dipankar Mukherjee.

BUSINESS

First a human and then a social activist, a cultural catalyst, and a businessman, who dons the hat of the Managing Director of P.S Apparels and India Agro Exports. Prakriti Foundation is close to Ranvir’s heart and was set-up by him in Chennai.

Ranvir has been a part of the Textile and Agro-industry in India for the past two decades. Ranvir’s sheer love for art has made him want to bridge the gap between the world of art and industry. He is a firm believer of the fact that the proactive role of the industry can play a major role in improving the state of artistic and non-commercial ventures.