Re­mem­ber­ing Raza

Delhi artists share their mem­o­ries of SH Raza — the artist, the in­spi­ra­tion and the men­tor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Etti Bali and Nikita Sax­ena htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Leg­endary artist Sayed Haider Raza — who re­de­fined mod­ern art with his ab­stracts in oil and acrylic, use of lively colours, and de­pic­tion of icons from In­dian cos­mol­ogy — died at 94 in Delhi on Satur­day morn­ing.

Raza moved to France in 1950, and con­tin­ued cre­at­ing stun­ning art­work. In 1956, he won the Prix de la Cri­tique award, mak­ing him the first non-French artist to re­ceive the hon­our. As news of his death sur­faced, sev­eral celebs took to so­cial me­dia to pay emo­tional trib­utes to the Padma Shri awardee.

“Gr8 SH Raza de­parts for his heav­enly abode. may his soul rest in peace! (sic),” wrote ac­tor Annu Kapoor.

S.H. Raza, who showed the uni­verse in a sin­gle “Bindu” is no more. A great loss to the Art world. #Pray­er­sForHisSoul AMAAN ALI BANGASH, SAROD PLAYER

Deeply sad­dened to read of the demise of SH Raza. One of In­dia’s great­est artists, who put his stamp on our cul­ture! What a huge loss! VISHAL DADLANI, MUSIC COM­POSER

Leg­endary artist Sayed Haider Raza — an awardee of the fel­low­ship of the Lalit Kala Akademi — painted with vivid hues, de­pict­ing el­e­ments from In­dian cos­mol­ogy. His works on the idea that the ‘Bindu’ (dot) is the cen­tre of all cre­ations are con­sid­ered a turn­ing point in his ca­reer that spanned al­most seven decades. In an in­terview with Hin­dus­tan Times, ear­lier this year, he had said, “Bindu is a source of en­ergy, a still cen­tre, a point of ra­di­a­tion.”

Here, the Cap­i­tal’s art fra­ter­nity re­mem­bers the life and work of Raza, who passed away on Satur­day.

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