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Awards: 1-15 December 2002
Paris-based eminent Indian painter SAYED HAIDER RAZA was honoured with Dayawati Modi Award 2002 on November 17 at an impressive function in New Delhi by union civil aviation minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain. Instituted by Dayawati Modi Foundation for Art, Culture and Education the award consists of a silver shield, a scroll of honour and a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh. Foundation president Satish Kumar Modi was also present on this occasion. Born in 1922 in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh and educated in Nagpur School of Arts and Sir J. J. School of Arts Mumbai, Raza is the founder of Progressive Artists Group in India. He went to Paris in 1950 on a French Government scholarship and settled there. He studied painting at Ecole Nationale dex Beaux in Paris. Raza has received several national and international awards including Padma Shree. The Government of France recently conferred Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters award on Raza.
In an impressive function on November 13 at Navyug Senior Secondary School auditorium in Sarojini Nagar, MANSOOR ALAM of PBT Bapu Dham Girls Secondary School was honoured with best teacher’s award by New Delhi Municipal Council. The award consisting of a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 21,000 was presented to him by NDMC chairperson, Mrs PM Singh. Mansoor was declared best Urdu teacher by Delhi Urdu Academy.
Noted columnist of Greater Kashmir and a lecturer at Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University, SYEDA AFSHANA was recently awarded fellowship by the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University, London. The fellowship also earned her the membership of Sydney Sussex College Cambridge. A 12-member body of eminent academicians from India and UK selected her for the coveted fellowship. Being the first Kashmiri woman to receive the fellowship she was also the only person to be selected from among many candidates from India.
On the occasion of Sir Syed Day, Shehla Mass Communication (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Urdu monthly Mehfil-e-Sanam organised an All India Mushaira (poetic symposium) at Aiwane Ghalib New Delhi on October 17 and also presented Sir Syed National Awards 2002. The recipients of the awards included: RAUNAQ JAMAL and ABDUL MANNAN (social activists), SM MEHDI, QAMAR WAHID NAQVI, SAMINA and SALAHUDDIN NAYYAR (best journalist), MUBARAK SHAMIM (best Urdu poet), MUHAMMAD ISRAEL (educational development), AA NAQVI (socio-economic development) and PROF. AM KHUSRAU (life time achievement). Mazharul Islam Secondary School Delhi received best Urdu medium school award while best Urdu Academy award went to Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy. The function was presided by former central minister Chaturanan Mishra.
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