Last rites of legendary painter Syed Raza to be performed in MP

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Legendary painter and Padma Vibhushan recipient Syed Haider Raza alias S.H Raza passed away in New Delhi on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 94. SH Raza popularised globally the Indian concepts and iconography and built a towering legacy of modern art. The acclaimed painter depicted concepts like 'bindu', 'purush-prakriti' and 'nari' in his instantly recognisable abstract works. His mortal remains will be flown from New Delhi to Mandala in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, where his last rites will be conducted according to his wishes. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, the Padma Bhushan in 2007 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2013. He was conferred in 2015 the Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur, the highest French honour for his artistic contributions. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of veteran artist. In a tweet, President Mukherjee said India has lost a highly creative and acclaimed artist. Prime Minister Modi condoled the demise of legendary painter S H Raza, saying his contribution to art will always be remembered. He said he is saddened by the demise of Raza whose contribution to art will always be remembered. (ANI)