Artist Sayed Haider Raza conferred with France’s de la Lgion dHonneur (Download PDF)

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Artist Sayed Haider Raza was conferred with highest French Civilian Award Commandeer de la Lgion dHonneur i. e. the Legion of Honour on the occasion of the French National Day (14 July) celebrations by Ambassador of France to India Franois Richier on behalf of the French President.

  1. Sayed Haider Raza was received award for his peerless achievements in transcending all boundaries, forging ties between France and India and for continuing artistic quest straddling nations, religions, cultures and philosophies.
  2. Sayed Haider Raza was born in 1922 in Madhya Pradesh. Raza started his artistic career at the age of 12. During 1939 to 1943, Sayed Haider Raza also had completed studied at the Nagpur School of Art.
  3. During 1943 to 1947, Raza followed by Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai. Later he had moved to Paris to study painting and arts at the Cole Nationale Suprieure des Beaux-Arts (1950 - 1953) on French government’s scholarship.
  4. Raza lived in France for about six decades and had travelled across Europe to exhibit his work. Raza is one of India’s priciest modern artists. Raza’s seminal work, ‘Saurashtra’ was sold for record 16.42 crore rupees on 10 June 2010.
  5. Sayed Haider Raza was received awards Padma Shri in 1981, Padma Bhushan in 2007 and Padma Vibhushan in 2013.
  6. La Lgion dHonneur (the Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian award given by the French Government for the contribution of persons their outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 21, 2015

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