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French honour for Anjolie Ela Menon

The veteran artist has been conferred with the Knight of the Order of Art and Letters for her contribution in the field of Indo-French art.

art and culture Updated: Mar 09, 2007 11:51 IST

The most prestigious French award for art and letters was conferred on veteran Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon here today.
French Ambassador to India Dominique Girard conferred 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' (Knight of the Order of Art and Letters) on Menon in presence of luminaries from the world of art and culture and her family members at a ceremony at French embassy here.

Receiving the award, Menon recalled how her exposure to best of artists in France shaped her career. The award is a recognition of her contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in the field of art.

The 'Knight of the Order of Art and Letters' is conferred on "persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of the arts in France and throughout the world."

Menon's works have been acquired by museums in India and abroad.

Her association with France spans from the 1960s when she joined the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, on a French Government scholarship.