The Tata Family Properties (1822 -1965) exhibition consists of landed, residential and commercial properties owned, leased and rented by members of the Tata Family, in India and overseas. The exhibition includes the real estate of Nusserwanji and Jeevanbai Tata; Jamsetji and Hirabai Tata; Sir Dorabji and Lady Meherbai Tata; Sir Ratan and Lady Navajbai Tata; R.D. and Sooni Tata and Ratanbai Bamji who was Jamsetji Tata’s sister.
Mr. Ishaat Hussain, Director, Tata Sons Limited inaugurated the exhibition at the Tata Central Archives, Pune on October 8, 2016. Mr. F.N. Subedar, Chairman, Tata Services Ltd. and Mr. T.R. Doongaji, Hon. Advisor, Tata Central Archives were also present on this occasion.
Mr Ishaat Hussain said, “We are very proud to be able to showcase the grandeur of these properties that have established for themselves a name and place in history. The numerous Tata family properties are shining examples of the Tata commitment and passion towards the great arts and architecture. We believe that with the advent of technology and the wider reach of the internet, heritage displays need not be limited to collections and exhibits. With the revamped website, we hope to establish a platform for the world to know and digitally experience Tata’s rich heritage and evolution.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Subedar said, “We are very privileged to showcase Tata’s rich heritage, and learn from the Tata family members through these prime properties across the globe for both personal and societal use. This is a timeless collection of memories, landmarks and milestones that have stood the test of time and are reminiscent of the Tata family genesis in history.”
Building was Jamsetji’s passion. He purchased and developed several properties for agricultural, industrial and commercial purposes. Some of the prominent buildings include - Esplanade House, Gymkhana Chambers, etc. many of which were located in Mumbai and other parts of India.
Sir Dorabji Tata possessed extensive properties comprising over fifteen buildings and numerous plots of lands, shares, securities and jewellery. All of which was left to the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Jamsetji’s younger son Sir Ratan and his wife Lady Navajbai Tata were keen admirers of the beautiful and great patrons of the arts. York House, their palatial home in Twickenham, UK and the Tata House in Mumbai are featured in this exhibition.
R.D. Tata and his family travelled extensively; the family resided in France, Japan and India. We explore their home in Paris, in the seaside resort of Hardelot as well as his home Soonita, named after his wife Sooni Tata. The exhibition also explores his properties in Pune, including the Dunlavin Estate.
This exhibition showcases some of the educational institutions funded by various members of the Tata family. It explores the major grants given to institutions like the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Cambridge, the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, etc.
Tata Family Properties (1822-1965) is not just about brick and mortar; it narrates the journey of the growth and advancement of a family whose vision and perseverance transformed the face of Indian industry.