Meenu grew up with art as a young member of a family of art collectors. “Being privileged to be surrounded by art since childhood, I found a visual language in art that fascinated me,” says Meenu. “Ancient art, which was part of my environment, absorbed me with its rich history.” The interaction with art scholars who visited occasionally deepened her interest in art.
She was inspired especially by her father and art patron, Dr. H.K. Kejriwal, who was a passionate art collector and philanthropist. Dr. Kejriwal belongs to a family that has been collecting art for three generations. Some of his acquisitions date back to the 3rd Century BC.
In 2002, Meenu founded Mahua Art Gallery to promote young emerging artists from across India and give a wider stage to the talented awardees of H.K.Kejriwal Young Artists Awards which first began in 1980. “Our mission is to bring art to all,” asserts Meenu, describing the overall objective of the gallery. The Mahua Gallery promotes talented contemporary artists – established and emerging, as well as contemporary folk artists.
Prior to establishing the gallery, Meenu had founded a not-for-profit organisation called Sanskriti in 2000 to promote awareness of art. This was later transformed into the Mahua Art Foundation that continues to engage diverse scholars, artists and enthusiasts through lectures, discussions and workshops on art, design and heritage.