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Thursday, June 02 2022 - 08:53
British Bangladeshi philanthropist Nadia Samdani Awarded an MBE In Queen's 2022 Birthday Honours
LONDON, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Nadia Samdani has had the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the 
British Empire conferred upon her in the Queen's 2022 Birthday Honours List. 
Samdani has been recognised for services to global art philanthropy and 
supporting the arts in Bangladesh, South Asia and the United Kingdom. The 
Birthday Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of 
extraordinary people across the UK.

A passionate supporter of the arts, Samdani is the co-founder of the 
not-for-profit Samdani Art Foundation in Bangladesh. Through her efforts with 
the Foundation, she has brought attention to Bangladeshi contemporary artists 
both at home and internationally. This has resulted in their works being 
included in major international public institutions and collections.

Samdani also co-founded the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), the highest visited art 
summit in the world which welcomed 477,000 visitors in 2020. A key part of the 
Foundation's remit to make art accessible to all, it provides opportunities for 
the local community to engage with art by bridging the gap between the local 
art scene and the international art world. Under her continued leadership, DAS 
will celebrate its tenth anniversary from 3 to 11 February 2023.

Nadia Samdani MBE says:

'It's an extraordinary honour to receive recognition for over a decade of 
supporting and nurturing artistic talent. It's been heartening to see the huge 
levels of public engagement with our work, and how the Foundation has fostered 
new cross-cultural dialogues between Bangladesh and the rest of the world. I am 
thrilled that this honour comes as part of celebrations for Her Majesty the 
Queen's 70-year reign, and her length of service and commitment is something I 
hope to emulate in my ongoing work.'

About Nadia Samdani MBE

Nadia Samdani MBE is the Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation 
and Director of the Dhaka Art Summit. In 2011, with husband Rajeeb Samdani, she 
established the Samdani Art Foundation to support the work of Bangladesh and 
South Asia's contemporary artists and architects and increase their exposure. 
As part of this initiative, she founded the Dhaka Art Summit - the highest 
visited art summit in the world - which has since completed five successful 
editions under her leadership and welcomed a record 477,000 visitors for its 
last edition in 2020. Nadia Samdani is a member of Tate's South Asia 
Acquisitions Committee, Tate's International Council, Alserkal Avenue's 
Programming Committee and the Delfina Foundation's International Council, and 
is one of the founding members of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South 
Asia Institute's Arts Advisory Council. In 2017, with her husband Rajeeb, she 
was the first South Asian arts patron to receive the prestigious Montblanc de 
la Culture Arts Patronage Award.


Source: Samdani Art Foundation