An Indian-origin art lover and playwright Ismail Mahomed from South Africa has been knighted by the French government for his lifelong devotion to the promotion of arts. He was bestowed with Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature (The Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres) by French Ambassador Elisabet Barbier in Johannesburg.
Presently, Ismail Mahomed is working as the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He has also received numerous other award in his 30 year career. In 1999, he was awarded Premier’s Award for developing and promoting the arts and culture sector as an economic enterprise in the South African province of Mpumalanga. He has a long standing relationship with France and has brokered several collaborations between French and South Africa artists.
Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature Established in 1957 by the Minister of Culture and its supplementary status to the Order National du Merite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. The knighthood is bestowed on people for their significant contributions to French culture through arts and literature. Other South Africans who have received this distinction include artists William Kentridge and Gerard Sekoto, filmmaker Ramadan Suleman and musician Johnny Clegg. The purpose of this award is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
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France President : François Hollande
France Prime Minister : Manuel Valls
Currencies: Euro, CFP franc
So now lets discuss some question related to this post which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the person who has conferred with Knighthood by French Government ?
2. Who is the French Ambassador to Johannesburg ?
3. Ismail Mahomed belongs to which country ?
Courtesy : The Guardian