Sayed Haider Raza was known globally for his stellar paintings and needs no introduction. The legendary painter, who died in Delhi today at 11 AM after a prolong illness at the age of 94, is to be buried in Babaria in Mandala district of Madhya Pradesh as per his wishes.
He was born there in 1922. His death left his fans and others grieved. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted: “With the sad demise of legendary painter Padma SH Raza, a glorious era has come to end. An irreparable loss to fraternity of artists. Raza was great pride of MP. He will always remain alive in our hearts and continue to inspire budding artists all over the world.”
“He was in the ICU at a hospital here for the past two months and passed away today. It is indeed a very sad day. He was a great legend that the 20th century has produced,” poet Ashok Vajpeyi, who was a close friend of the artist, told Press Trust of India. SH Raza was honoured with the Padma Shri. Throughout his life awards chased him. In 1983 he was elected as fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983.
Raza took to drawing at the age of 12.
Fellow progressive artist Khanna said: “I feel very lonely now. One by one they have all gone Ara Raza, Gaitonde, Tyeb. Akbar Padamse and Ram Kumar are the only two of our group who are now alive. Death has to happen in the course of the time but it does not take away personal sorrow.
“He was among the ones who convinced me to leave a bank job saying I would be more valuable as a painter and he without my knowing threw a big dinner party to celebrate when I did. He lived a glorious life and he was a great company and I valued his friendship.”