India, Aug. 13 -- Aruna Vasudev, leading film scholar, editor and painter, was on Tuesday presented the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), one of France's highest cultural honours, for her contribution to cinema and arts.

French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler conferred the award on Vasudev at a ceremony. He said, "Aruna Vasudev's lifetime of achievements as film critic, scholar, jury, filmmaker, administrator and painter is near impossible to sum up.

"She has created so many events, forged so many partnerships, established so many platforms to promote Asian films across the world that she has carved a path that continues to guide the young generation today."

Vasudev has had a long conn...