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Anish Kapoor Became First Living Indian-Origin Sculptor to be Honoured with Knighthood

Jun 15, 2013 16:30 IST

Anish KapoorAnish Kapoor, the Indian-origin sculptor was honoured with Knighthood, which is the highest honour of Britain. He was conferred the award by the Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list 2013 for Visual Arts services.

About Anish Kapoor

• Anish Kapoor, 59, is said to be the pioneering sculptors of his generation and is known for enigmatic sculptural forms as well as monumental public sculptures.
• He became first living Indian-origin British artist to take over Royal Academy in 2009.
• He also won the Turner Prize and twice received the Premio Duemilia at the Venice Biennale. A lot of other international honours have also been conferred upon him.

About the Knighthood honour

Knight, in general, is the person who is granted the honourary title of knighthood by political leader or a monarch. In early days, Knighthood was conferred on the mounted warriors in Europe. However, since Early Modern period, this title is considered as absolutely honorific.

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