The prestigious ‘Chevalier Legion d’Honneur,’ the highest civilian honor bestowed by the French government, has been conferred upon Pooyam Thirunal Gowri Parvathi Bayi from the illustrious Kowdiar royal family. The news was officially conveyed by French Ambassador to India, Dr. Thierry Mathou, in a letter addressed to the esteemed royal family.
In Gowri Parvathi Bayi, the award recognizes her invaluable contributions to Indian society, with a special emphasis on women’s welfare, as well as her role in fostering Indo-French camaraderie.
Gowri Parvathi Bayi, a member of the Kowdiar royal family, has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. As a French language teacher and an active advocate for the Alliance française in Thiruvananthapuram, she has stood as a beacon of Indo-French collaboration.
The award ceremony, a momentous occasion, will be held at a special event tailored to accommodate both parties’ convenience. The date for this distinguished ceremony will be determined by Narayani Harigovindan, the social secretary of the ambassador.
This accolade adds to the illustrious achievements of the Kowdiar royal family, as another member, Aswathi Thirunal, was recently honored with the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards. The dual recognition underscores the family’s commitment to service, cultural exchange, and impactful contributions to society, both within India and on the international stage.
As Gowri Parvathi Bayi receives the ‘Chevalier Legion d’Honneur,’ it not only honors her individual accomplishments but also symbolizes the enduring ties and collaboration between India and France, transcending borders and cultures.
Repurposed article originally published in Kaumudi Online