Madanjeet Singh was born on 16 April 1924 in Lahore. present-day Pakistan. A well-known painter and a distinguished photographer. he is an internationally known author of several books on art and other subjects. closely interwoven with UNESCO's programmes. principles and ideals.During Mahatma Gandhi's 'Quit India' movement in 1942 against colonial rule. Madanjeet Singh was imprisoned. He later migrated to newly partitioned India in 1947 and worked in a refugee camp. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1953 and served as Ambassador of India in Asia. South America. Africa and Europe before joining UNESCO in1982. based in Paris.In 1995, in recognition of his lifelong devotion to the cause of communal harmony and peace. the UNESCO Executive Board created the biennial 'UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence'. The decision was adopted at meetings in Paris and Fez (16 May to 4 June), to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In 2000, Madanjeet Singh was designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on the United Nations' International Day of Tolerance.Madanjeet Singh, in front of his painting, The Midnight Sun (1960). The canvas is one of a series painted in the sixties, two of which were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm. Sweden.
THE PLURALIST SUFI-BHAKTI-RISHI CULTURE
The two unique and memorable events that South Asia Foundation (SAF) organized in Srinagar to commemorate the Bhakti-Sufi-Rishi culture of Kashmiriyat, featured a jointly held India/Pakistan music concert Junoon and the Singhs, and an unprecedented exhibition of paintings by South Asian women artists.
Madanjeet Singh narrates an account of these events, providing insights into age-old links between the music and art of South Asia and the pluralist culture and legacy of Kashmiriyat.
At the inaugural ceremony of the Institute of Kashmir Studies on 26 May 2008, Madanjeet Singh presented President Pratibha Patil with a copy of his book, This My People, to which Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru handwrote a preface. shortly after India’s Partition in 1947. Published in 1989, its several language editions were reviewed and acclaimed worldwide. The French weekly L’Express wrote a three-page article and the eminent art critic of The International Herald Tribune, Souren Melikian called it an ‘astonishing book of photographs (see cover image of Aasi), a mental journey through the India Madanjeet loves so much’. The famous film producer, Ismail Merchant, praised the aesthetic merits and historical value of the book’ in a full-page review published in The New York Times.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS