Philanthropist Dan Mishra Gifts $5 Million to Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum April 27 announced that it has received a $5 million gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra.

On the 27th of April, the Royal Museum of Ontario made an announcement saying that entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra has given $5 million to them as a gift.

Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative will be established by the largest donation given to the museum’s South Asian section

The initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research and learning activities that will support and enhance the museum’s commitment to South Asian art and culture, the museum said in a news release.

“Throughout its long history, South Asian art and culture has had an important influence on shaping our modern world,” Mishra, who moved to Canada from India as a student in 1969, said in a statement. “I am thrilled to support the ROM’s commitment to bringing a greater public understanding and appreciation of South Asian culture, and broadening the institution’s stewardship and expertise in this area.”

Boasting a big South Asian collection in the West with 10,000+ objects from over the past 5,000+ years. With the new funding combined with the curatorship, the museum can now broaden its current presentation containing South Asian artifacts and fully represent the versatile range of the region’s culture, develop thought-provoking exhibitions, public programs, educational activities, and also engage in the reaching within and beyond the community.

Through Dan’s generosity, the ROM will have the resources to build on its global reputation as a leading center of scholarship in South Asian art and culture,” Basseches added. “As we celebrate Canada’s 150th year, I can think of no better gift than one that deepens the ties within the culturally diverse mosaic that defines Canada

Josh Basseches, ROM director and CEO

“We are extraordinarily grateful to Dan Mishra for his visionary gift, which will have a lasting impact on the museum and future generations of ROM visitors,” museum director and chief executive Josh Basseches said. “The Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative represents a transformational opportunity to enhance the museum’s research, exhibitions, public engagement and learning activities,” he said.

Dr. Deepali Dewan will serve as the Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art and Culture.

“Establishing a South Asian curatorial position that will continue in perpetuity highlights the museum’s commitment to this cultural area, and enables one of North America’s leading museums to develop an ambitious and sustainable range of programming, research and educational activities around South Asian art and culture that reinforces the ROM’s position as a destination for visitors, researchers, academics and learners from around the world,” said Dewal, the museum’s senior curator in the World Cultures department. Funding for the curatorship was matched by the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.

Mishra, for more than three decades, has built successful companies that help North America’s leading public and private sector companies achieve their most important business goals, according to the news release.

Mishra is the chief executive officer of CSDC Systems, a company known for its software platform AMANDA, which helps governments engage their citizens.

Additionally, Mishra has introduced Smart Governance Systems to emerging countries in Asia and Africa, established a Young Entrepreneur Award for aspiring young students, invested in businesses led by young entrepreneurs and taught management skills to business people.