Ajit Hutheesing was married first to Amrita Hutheesing and has three sons. He also has three grand children. His marriage of 24 years ended in divorce and 12 years later he was married to Helen Armstrong.
Ajit G. Hutheesing is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Capital Partners Inc. (ICP). ICP commenced investment activities in 1992, providing private placement equity to finance the growth of successful smaller companies. After a successful record of investments in small private and public companies, ICP is winding down its activities. Mr. Hutheesing was a member of the Greenwich Roundtable, a group of 100 invited members who collectively manage $1 Trillion plus.
Mr. Hutheesing is an American of Indian origin. He was born in Mumbai, India into a very well known family. His mother, a well-known author, was the sister of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Nehru family not only led the successful struggle for the freedom of India, but its leadership role over the past 50 years involving two other Prime Minsters, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, is legendary in India and around the world. His father was part of one of the larger industrial families in India, the Lalbhai Group; he served India as a politician, journalist and businessman.
Ajit was one of the first Indians in Wall Street when he started his investment banking career in 1960 with Loeb Rhoades & Company. In 1962, he joined S.G. Warburg & Company in London as part of his investment banking training. He returned to India in 1963 to start the first investment bank
Founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts in Washington, Conn and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, from which she also received a masters degree.
Helen Armstrong was the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts Inc. (ACC), a not-for-profit, chamber music organization she founded more than 22 years ago. The creation and development of ACC was inspired by Avery Fisher and Skitch Henderson, who advised Ms. Armstrong that her new artistic mission should be to broaden public interest and knowledge of chamber music through performance and education. The heart of this mission has been to bring musical education to public and private schools through its unique Students Music Enrichment Program. More than 100,000 students have participated in this program in Litchfield and Fairfield counties, and in Harlem and the Bronx.
Ms. Armstrong’s career as an international virtuoso violinist was interrupted by the long illness and eventual death of her first husband, Alan Cohen. Never one to search for fame or fortune, Ms. Armstrong turned her talents largely towards achieving the mission of ACC while occasionally performing on the international stage. During the past 22 years her focus had been concert performances in elegant private homes in Greenwich, in other venues in Washington and New Milford, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, she built a sterling reputation as a teacher by committing the talents of top artists to her educational mission. Most recently, Ms. Armstrong’s career took an exciting turn in a new direction. Always a classical violinist, Bruce Swedien, arguably the most famous sound engineer in the world, convinced her to join him in producing a popular music recording. True to their vision, they produced early cuts of a remarkable new recording, now interrupted by her death.
Ms. Armstrong was born in Rockford, Ill., on March 16, 1943 to Dr. Robert Bruce and Hannah Armstrong. She arrived in New York City, during which time she studied under the renowned teachers Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Armstrong made her Lincoln Center debut in 1976 and went on to perform with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the Indianapolis Symphony, the New Polish Philharmonic and with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Ms. Armstrong, who was a prizewinner in the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland and has received awards from the Society of American Musicians and Outstanding Artists of Illinois, is listed in “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in American Women,” “Outstanding Young Women of America” and “Who’s Who in Entertainment.” She has recorded on the Musical Heritage, Elysium and CRS labels — Reflections, on the Elysium label and the newest CD, Illusions, on CRS, which was recently released. Her violin, a J.B. Guadagnini, dated 1760, was one of her great loves.
Ms. Armstrong was widowed by her first husband, Alan Cohen in 1978. After a long relationship with her husband-to-be, Ajit Hutheesing, they were married in 1996. Mr. Hutheesing, an investment banker, was the nephew of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and cousin of Indira Gandhi. He took Ms. Armstrong to India several times where she performed in concerts. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Debbie Howser, of Litchfield, CT; her son, David Cohen, of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Brenden, Tyler and Cailey; her sister, Nancy Potter of Big Rapids, Mich.; and her brother Robert Armstrong of Dallas, Ore.
Ajit Hutheesing, Helen E. Armstrong, marriage:
Published: November 24, 1996 New York Times
Helen Elizabeth Armstrong, a violinist, was married yesterday to Ajit G. Hutheesing, the founder and chairman of International Capital Partners, an investment management firm in Stamford, Conn. The Rev. Martin Montonye, a minister of the United Church of Christ, performed the ceremony at the bridegrooms house in Greenwich, Conn.
Ms. Armstrong, who is keeping her name, is the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts in Washington, Conn. She graduated from the Juilliard School of Music, from which she also received a masters degree.
The bride is a daughter of the late Dr. Robert Bruce Armstrong and Hannah Spencer Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong was an internist and surgeon in Rockford, Ill. The brides mother was also a violinist.
Mr. Hutheesing graduated from Cambridge University and received an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University. He is a son of the late Krishna Nehru and Raja Hutheesing and is a nephew of the late Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias first Prime Minister. The bridegrooms father was a writer and an industrialist with textile interests in Ahmedabad, India.
The bridegrooms previous marriage ended in divorce, as did that of the bride.