French screenwriter and novelist Jean-Claude Carrière conferred the Padma Shri
On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day Celebrations on 26th January 2015, Jean-Claude Carrière was conferred the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian honours of India, for his distinguished contribution in the field of literature and education.
Born in 1931, Mr Carrière is a screenwriter – he received an honorary Oscar in 2014 for his long career – as well as an actor and a novelist.
Among all his achievements, Mr Carrière spent eleven years in India, tracing the Mahabharata’s roots in civilization, geography, and its continued relevance in modern India. He then revealed to the French public the cultural treasures of India in his famous book, Dictionnaire amoureux de l’Inde (“a dictionary for India lovers”). He also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine-hour stage version of the Mahabharata, which quickly became a watershed moment in theatre history across the Western world, and a five-hour film version.
The tradition thus perdures from the eminent Sanskrit scholars of the French School of Far Eastern Studies (EFEO) to intellectuals, artists and essayists who all share the same love for India.