Sayed Shakir Ali
Born1956 (age 66–67)
OccupationMiniature painter
AwardsPadma Shri
National Award
Nexzen Excellence Award

S. Shakir Ali, is an Indian painter, known for his Mughal and Persian miniature paintings.[1][2] He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2013, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of art.[3]


Sayed Shakir Ali was born in Jaipur, in 1915, to the art collector, Sayed Sabir Ali, locally known as "Chunnu Mian". His grandfather, Syed Hamid Ali, was also a court artist. Sayed Shakir Ali, though graduated in Arts from Rajasthan University in 1978, took up the tutelage of renowned painters , Ram Gopal Vijayvargiya and Ved Pal Sharmaand (Bannu)[4] to learn Mughal and company styles of painting as well as traditional art.[5][6]

Sayed Shakir Ali lives in Jawhar nagar in Jaipur.[2] Sayed Zohaib Ali, Sayed Shakir Ali's son, also follows the footsteps of his father and is a known painter and a recipient of Roshan Kalapesi Memorial Award for Arts and Crafts from Paramparik Karigar[5]

Career highlights and exhibitions

The Ministry of External Affairs (India) have selected many of Sayed Shakir Ali's paintings for gifting to state dignitaries and other persons of importance.[5] He has represented India in the 10th SAARC Folk festival held at Islamabad in 1992 where he won the first prize in the art competition. He is also credited with the restoration of some of the old paintings at the City Palace, Jaipur and Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai.[5]

Sayed Shakir Ali has been holding exhibitions since 1981,[5] in India and abroad, in places like Milan, Paris, Bangkok, Dubai and Pakistan.[6][7] Some of his notable exhibitions are:

Sayed Shakir Ali regularly holds live demonstrations, the first of which was at the Craft Museum, New Delhi, in 1981. Subsequently he has performed at other demonstrations held at the American and British Embassies and major hotel groups such as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Ashok Group.[5]

Awards and recognitions

In 2013, the Government of India honoured Sayed Shakir Ali with the fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri.[3] He is also a recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi National Award, in 1993[1][6] He has also received the Nexzen Excellence Award, which was awarded to him in October 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Rajasthan Voice". Rajasthan Voice. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "TOI". TOI. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Padma 2013". The Hindu. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Ved Pal Sharmaand". India Today. 30 June 1994. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Paramparik Karigar". Paramparik Karigar. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Paramparik Miniature". Paramparik Miniature. 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Times City". Times City. 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Delhi Events". Delhi Events. 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2014.