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Bhopal-based rock art expert gets prestigious French citation

Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, a Bhopal-based rock art expert, has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

bhopal Updated: Dec 09, 2014 16:52 IST
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Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, a Bhopal-based independent rock art expert, has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The award ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’(Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters) comes in recognition of her contribution in promotion of rock art in India and other parts of the world. Especially, her collaboration with French expert Jean Clottes to identify, conserve and promote rock art of Madhya Pradesh at international level has been recognised.

The honour was conferred upon her during a ceremony held at the French Embassy on December 5. Ambassador of France to India - Francoise Richier - gave away the award to Meenakshi.

An independent researcher, Meenakshi started her work on rock in the Satpura ranges in Pachmarhi under a national fellowship of University Grants Commission (UGC) in 1987.

During the course of her work, she discovered and explored 25 painted rock shelters in Pachmarhi between 1986 and 2012. She also spurred protection of 10 rock art sites in Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi, with the collaboration of the Madhya Pradesh forest department.

The expert was also instrumental in setting up of a petroglyphs park at Karu near Leh in 2002. She has also published about 50 research papers and reports in various international and national journals, collective books and newspapers and also published two books (in English and French) with Jean Clottes.