Arts for India charity committee has decided to honour Sir Richard Attenborough posthumously on the 19th Oct 2016 at an event hosted at BAFTA in London.
In 1983, Sir Richard Attenborough was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. In 1992 he was also awarded the Shakespeare Prize for his life’s work by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Germany. Sir Richard Attenborough was the President of the (RADA) and (BAFTA).
Speaking on this occasion Shri Satish Modi, philanthropist and also the founder of the “Arts for India charity” said, “We feel honoured that Sir Richard Attenborough has made the film on the father of the nation Shri Mahatma Gandhi which nobody could have done better”.
Sir Richard Attenborough was an English actor, film director, film producer, and politician.
He was the President of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). As a film director and producer, Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983, receiving awards for Best Picture and Best Director. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.
Arts for India charity helps disadvantaged young girls out of poverty through the provision of education.
Every year, Arts for India charity awards eminent personalities for their outstanding achievement in the field of art, culture, and education. On this occasion, iconic Indian actress Mumtaz will also be awarded lifetime achievement award. Bollywood start such as Kabir Bedi and Fardeen Khan will also be attending this event.
Previous Arts for India awardees include:
• Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy;
• Shri Amitabh Bachchan.
Arts for India (AFI) Charity sponsors students at IIFA (International Institute of Fine Arts), based in Modinagar, India.
Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge. Attenborough joined the Royal Air Force during World War II. His acting career started on stage and he appeared in shows at Leicester’s Little Theatre, Dover Street. His later films as director and producer include Chaplin (1992) starring Robert Downey Jr., as Charlie Chaplin. He founded The Richard Attenborough Arts Centre on the Leicester University campus in 1997, specifically designed to provide access for the disabled.
In the 1967 Birthday Honours, Attenborough was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1976 New Year Honours.
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