The Legacy

The Hutheesing temple was created in 1835 A.D., during the time of a terrible drought in western India compelling skilled artisans and unskilled labour to migrate to Ahmedabad in search of work. To support these artisans and labourers, a total number of 6,00,000 people were employed in a massive public welfare project for over two years for the construction of the temple.

To support families of these displaced people and the community at large. The Hutheesing family extensively contributed to other philanthropic causes and helped built the Hutheesing Civil Hospital, one of the largest public charitable hospital in the World and the Ahmedabad Education Society, besides other public welfare institutions for health, education, Art & culture and animal welfare.

“The Hutheesing family were deeply religious and socially conscientious citizens with a genuine conviction that they were under a moral obligation to share the benefits of their prosperity with the less fortunate fellow human beings.”

Besides the Hutheesing temple, Harkuvar Shethani also built the first school for girl education and Institute for widows and destitute women for which she was presented an Honour of a gold medal from Queen Victoria and the Title of “Neknami Shekhavati Bahadur”.

Hutheesing Design Company (HDC) was established in the year 1881 with an aim to provide continued employment to artisans and at the same time create design solutions of the highest standards for an international clientele.

HDC has partnered with Tiffany & Co. of the United States of America and its designer Lockwood DeForest for many years. HDC and Tiffany together executed Interiors as well as textile and jewellery design.

HDC has 9 international gold medals to its credit and was the first Indian design company to participate in World Expositions as early as in New Orleans, United States of America-1884, Paris, France- 1900.

Some of the prestigious projects executed by HDC include East wing of the White House and Kensington Palace, The Andrew Carnegie Mansion which is now The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.

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The Artistic Woodwork and furniture created by HDC is part of permanent collection of several important museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museum- NYC. The Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai presented some important pieces of HDC furniture from the Hutheesing collection in its exhibition titled “Design- The India Story” which ended in 2016.

Today HDC is managed by Umang Hutheesing who has restored and the HDC studios to their glory and reequipped them with contemporary facilities to meet design requirements of today.

The Hutheesing family is a historic family of India and has over the centuries built several Temples & Monasteries, Education & Welfare Institutes, Art-Culture & Heritage Foundations, Hospitals & Animal Shelters, as well as Trade & Industry, which till today serve the people.

They have been Titled & Honored by the Mogul Emperors, Rajput & Maratha Kings and British Rulers for their contributions. They were one of the first families to support Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for Independence.

Surottambhai Hutheesing

Shri. Surrottambhai Hutheesing was the president of ATMA (Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association) and it was he, who built the iconic ATMA building by Le Corbusier. He was also one of the founding members of FICCI.

Hutheesing & Nehru Relationship

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's sister Krishna was married into the Hutheesing family to Raja Hutheesing. Letters from Pandit Nehru to Shri Raja and Betty (Krishna) shed light on the closeness the Hutheesing family shared with Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.

closeness the Hutheesing family shared with Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.

Surottambhai Hutheesing

Shri. Surrottambhai Hutheesing was the president of ATMA (Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association) and it was he, who built the iconic ATMA building by Le Corbusier. He was also one of the founding members of FICCI.

Deepak & Daksha Hutheesing

Art connoisseurs in the Hutheesing mould. Deepak Hutheesing holds a MBA from Stanford University and is a collector of art and all things ethnic. Was the Managing Director of Aruna Mills until retirement in 1990. Deepak, Daksha and Umang Hutheesing are now trustees of some of the Hutheesing charitable trusts in health, education and religion. The family has been a patron of cultural activities at the L.P. Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, created in his grand parents' (Laila and Purshottam) memory.

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