Know More About Syed Haider Raza

    • deebashree.mohanty@timesgroup.com
    • Publish Date: Jul 27 2016 4:59PM
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    • Updated Date: Jul 27 2016 4:59PM
Know More About Syed Haider Raza

Syed Haider Raza aka the Bindu artist,  holds the record for the most expensive Indian artwork ever sold, but the modern artist's journey had been a long and solitary one... 
Born in the quaint village of Babaria in Madhya Pradesh, Raza had always maintained that his artwork was deeply inspired by his surroundings.
 
He  attended art school in Nagpur, and arrived in Mumbai in 1943 with a scholarship to attend the Sir JJ School of Art. It was during this time that he founded the Progressive Artists’ Group -  in the late 1940s—which became synonymous with Modern art in India.
Raza was arguably the most commercially successful modern artists: "His painting,  Saurashtra, a magnificent 7ft painting in terracotta hues, sold at a Christie’s auction in London in June 2010 for `16.3 crore. Raza's artwork was not just painting on the canvas,  it spoke volumes about the cosmos.  
 
He travelled across Europe, and continued to exhibit his work in France, where he went on to live for six decades. There was a time when  Raza started questioning his Indian roots and that is when he started coming regularly to India - to study what Indian culture was.

 

His work - ‘Saurashtra’ fetched a record `16.42 crore ($3,486,965) and  set a World Auction Record for any modern Indian art in history.



Mystery behind the Bindu 

Raza was inspired by his teachers to make Bindu art his forte. In school, his teacher would draw a dot on the blackboard and ask Raza to concentrate on that dot. 
 

 

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