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Feb 22, 2012 at 09:12am IST

Modern artist SH Raza turns 90 today

New Delhi: Syed Haider Raza, the grand old man of modern art, turned 90 on Wednesday. Raza set an auction record for modern Indian art when one of his paintings 'Saurashtra', sold for almost USD 3.5 million in London.

CNN-IBN wishes India's most famous modern artist SH Raza a very happy birthday.

It takes an attendant and a wheel chair to get Syed Haidar Raza close to his canvas but the artist continues to create magic on canvas even as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Raza says, "Health is not an issue. I am still young."

Raza, arguably India's costliest modern artist of all time has spent 6 decades in France, where he studied and worked as an artist but the inspiration for his paintings always came from India. The artist is glad to be back home.

"Well, I had to come back. 60 years is a long time but I was born in Madhya pradesh and wasn't good at studies. So I observed nature and started painting."

Answering his critics, he says, "Pagal hoon main, mujhe pagal rehna' do (I am mad, let me be)."