Ra­jshree Pathy

She be­strides the di­ver­gent worlds of man­u­fac­tur­ing sugar and the arts with elan.

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There is much more to Ra­jshree Pathy, 61, than the so­bri­quet “sugar baroness” of­ten used to de­scribe her. No doubt she has bro­ken many a glass ceil­ing, tak­ing over as the first fe­male man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of a sugar mill in 1990, af­ter the un­timely death of her fa­ther G. Var­daraj, who had set it up, as well as be­com­ing the first woman pres­i­dent of the In­dian Sugar Mills As­so­ci­a­tion in 2004/05. No doubt her com­pany too has cause for sat­is­fac­tion, hav­ing over­come three suc­ces­sive years of losses by post­ing a profit of ` 29.94 crore in 2016/17. It has also ven­tured into a num­ber of new ar­eas in re­cent years, in­clud­ing food, en­ergy and agri-busi­ness.

But equally im­pres­sive are her other ac­com­plish­ments, es­pe­cially the set­ting up of the In­dian De­sign Fo­rum in 2012, which held its third na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion last year and which Conde Nast Trav­eller has called “the most rel­e­vant and most in­flu­en­tial de­sign plat­form in the coun­try”. Grow­ing up in Coim­bat­ore, mar­ried at 17, she has over­come nu­mer­ous con­straints to es­tab­lish her­self. Her Delhi home is a ver­i­ta­ble arts mu­seum. If that was not enough, her favourite hobby is scuba div­ing.

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