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Sayed Haider Raza honoured with highest French civilian honour Legion of Honour

 Sayed Haider Raza  

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.

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.