Highest French Distinction “Knight of the Legion of Honour” conferred on Tikka Shatrujit Singh
H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the highest French distinction "Knight of the Legion of Honour" on Tikka Shatrujit Singh, Chief Representative in Asia for Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton.
New Delhi, 17 March 2016
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), on Tikka Shatrujit Singh, Chief Representative in Asia for Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, on Thursday, 17th March 2016.
This honour comes in recognition of Tikka Shatrujit Singh’s tireless contribution to the promotion of French lifestyle in India, from fashion and perfumes to wines and spirits, as well as the promotion of India’s culture, heritage and image in France, thus contributing to bringing people across countries closer, in line with his family traditions for almost one hundred years.
Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala graduated from Doon School before attending Delhi University. He worked in finance for 10 years, starting in New York’s banking sector, before holding positions in Hong Kong, London and Zurich.
In 1995, he joined the French multinational group Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (LVMH) as its Chief Representative in Asia and was soon appointed Advisor to the Chairman of Louis Vuitton. Known as the “guru of luxury”, he has spearheaded the development of Louis Vuitton’s business in India, helped launch Dom Pérignon champagne and Hennessy Cognac here, and advised other LVMH brands, such as Christian Dior, Fendi, Berluti, Celine, Givenchy, and Guerlain, for their foray in the Indian market.
Aware of the importance of bringing people across countries closer, Singh has promoted India in several countries, including France. In 2006, he hosted the exhibition “L’Inde dans tous les sens/ India of the Senses” at Espace Louis Vuitton in Paris, which brought Indian artists Bharat Sikka, Pushpamala, Subodh Gupta, Raghubir Singh, and Anita Dube to the fore. In 2009, he collaborated with the Albert Kahn Museum of Boulogne and hosted the exhibition “Voyages en Inde” in New Delhi and Mumbai as part of the Bonjour India festival. He also contributed to the success of sculptor Anish Kapoor’s first exhibition in India in 2010. On the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “Paris – Delhi – Bombay” in 2011, he hosted fifty famous Indian and French artists at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Tikka Shatrujit Singh is also known for his endeavours to preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of Kapurthala, the former princely state in Punjab ruled by his ancestors. He has thus presided over the Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Trust, which helps towards the restoration of historic buildings in Kapurthala, many of which are a blend of Indo-French architectural styles. Indeed, in his inclination for French culture, Tikka Shatrujit Singh perpetuates a family tradition. His forefathers were noted Francophiles who adopted aspects of French architecture and culture as their own. His great-grandfather, Maharaja Jagatjit Singh received the Grand Croix de la Légion d’Honneur (Great Cross of the Legion of Honour) in 1926, which was also bestowed on Tikka Shatrujit Singh’s grandfather, Maharaja Paramjit Singh in 1950.