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Fake signature: Raza to take legal action

The Paris-based painter, Syed Haidar Raza, is planning to take legal actions against those who faked his signature on paintings displayed at the Dhoomimal Mega Art Centre, reports Debobrat Ghose.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 17:23 IST
Debobrat Ghose

The Paris-based painter, Syed Haidar Raza, is planning to take legal actions against those who faked his signature on paintings displayed at the Dhoomimal Mega Art Centre, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious galleries, in New Delhi on January 18.

Raza told Hindustan Times, "Since it would not be possible for me to handle the proceedings from France, Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpayee and some other friends will file the case against the accused."

The artist was shocked to find on the opening day of the exhibition that canvasses with his signature were displayed, which he had never painted. These were hung beside his original paintings. Gallery owner Uma Ravi Jain immediately had the paintings removed after Raza objected to them.

Asked about whom he suspected of being involved in the crime, the painter felt his nephew, ZH Zafri, who organised the exhibition, might be innocent. "My conscience says Zafri wasn't responsible. Any way, those involved should be taken to task," he said.

On the global recession and the art world, Raza said, "The recession could be felt in art auctions and pricing. My two exhibitions in India got cancelled." But Raza is launching his book album, Dhai Akshhar, next month in an exhibition in Ahmedabad.

"It has single sentences based on teachings of my teachers and some small incidents in school. But writing is not my forte," he added.

The octogenarian painter is also planning a complete museum "somewhere in Delhi, Bhopal or maybe in Damoh", a small town in Madhya Pradesh where Raza went to school.