Modern Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza was on 14 July 2015 conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d’ Honneur (the Legion of Honour). The award was presented by French Ambassador Francois Richier on the occasion of the French National Day celebrations.
Raza was conferred with the award for his superior achievements transcending all boundaries, for the lasting ties he has forged between France and India and for his continuing artistic quest straddling nations, cultures, religions and philosophies.
About Sayed Haider Raza
• Syed Haider Raza alias SH Raza is an Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950, but maintains strong ties with India.
• He became India’s priciest modern artist in June 2010 when his seminal work titled Saurashtra was sold for 16.42 crore rupees at a Christie’s auction.
• Raza’s work represents the origins of life and draws on symbols that tribal painters and highly sophisticated Indian philosophers have traced, pondered and mulled over for millennia.
Awards conferred on Raza
• 1956 - Prix de la Critique, Paris (first non-French recipient)
• 1981 - Padma Shri
• 1981 - Kalidas Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh
• 2002 - Officier des Arts et des Lettres, Government of France
• 2004 - Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
• 2007 - Padma Bhushan
• 2013 - Padma Vibhushan
About la Legion d’ Honneur
The la Legion d’ Honneur award was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.
The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.
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Who: Sayed Haider Raza
When: 14 July 2015