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Visionary, Gifted, Dignified: Celebrities Remember Parmeshwar Godrej


First published: October 12, 2016, 12:45 PM IST | Updated: October 12, 2016
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Visionary, Gifted, Dignified: Celebrities Remember Parmeshwar Godrej
File photo of socialist Parmeshwar Godrej (Courtesy: Getty)

Tributes poured in from across the country as philanthropist, socialite Parmeshwar Godrej passed away on Monday night. Wife of Adi Godrej, the chairman of the Godrej Group, was suffering from a lung disease for the past five years. One of the most prominent faces of the Mumbai social circuit, Godrej was known for a her philanthropic work and the initiatives she took to spread awareness for AIDS.

Known for being a sharp businesswoman, Parmeshwar Godrej is also credited for making the brand Godrej a household name by revamping it and making it more relatable to the common man. She launched the Heroes Project in 2004 along with actor Richard Gere and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

A face of the otherwise low-key Godrej family, Parmeshwar was known to be close to Hollywood as well as Bollywood actors hosting the who’s who at her place- parties that made headlines next day.

Celebrities, politicians and sportsmen paid their condolences on Twitter as the news of her death broke.

Not many know but Godrej also was known in the early 1970s as a designer, having provided costumes to some of the most prominent heroines of that time. Godrej later moved to interior designing, which she aced in. She is survived by her husband, Adi Godrej and three children Nisa Godrej, Pirojsha Adi Godrej and Tanya Dubash.

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