French distinction conferred on Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, noted Indian rock art expert
Ambassador of France to India confers Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters
on noted Indian rock art expert Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak
New Delhi, 5th December 2014
H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the honour of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak, noted independent rock art researcher and artist, on Friday, 5th December, 2014.
The award, conferred at an investiture ceremony at the Residence of France, came in recognition of Dr Dubey-Pathak’s work over the years contributing to the growing appreciation of India’s rock art and the endurance of this tradition in India.
Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak’s work on rock art started with her doctoral research, during which she discovered and explored twenty-five painted rock shelters in Pachmarhi. She travels to Madhya Pradesh every year to study the rock art of Pachmarhi whose natural and cultural environment has been largely preserved. Her work in association with eminent French prehistorian Prof Jean Clottes led to the recognition of the exceptional quality of India’s prehistoric rock art. She has been instrumental in gaining protection for ten rock art sites at Satpura National Park with the collaboration of the Government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2002, she established the Trishul Petroglyph Park at Karu, near Leh, with the help of the Indian army.
Dr Dubey-Pathak has held many solo exhibitions to create awareness on Indian Rock Art in India, US and various European countries, including France. Her exhibitions and talks have also dwelled on paintings on canvas, tree bark, stones, Bhojpatra, and glass with different mediums.
She has many publications on this theme as well as being the author of Rock Art of Pachmarhi Biosphere (Delhi, 2013), and co-author with Dr Jean Clottes of Des Images pour les Dieux. Art rupestre et Art tribal dans le Centre de l’Inde (Images for the Gods: Rock art and Tribal art of Central India, France, 2013).
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is a French government distinction conferred on “persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world.”