In pictures: Remembering MF Husain on his birth anniversary

Sep 17, 2018, 09:51 IST
  • In pictures: Remembering MF Husain on his birth anniversary

    Maqbool Fida Husain popularly known as M.F Husain was born on September 17, 1915. He was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. Husain is associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognised Indian artist of the 20th century. All pictures/mid-day archives

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    One of India's greatest masters on the world art stage, M.F Husain's paintings regularly fetched over $1 million at auctions around the world. His career began in the mid-1940s when he started painting film posters, but armed with prodigious talent, he was quickly accepted by the art community in Mumbai (then Bombay). In 1947, he joined the Progressive Artists' Group, headed by another art legend, FN Souza

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    M.F Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Some of his later works stirred controversy, as they depicted traditional deities of India in non-traditional ways including nude portrayals of the deities. He also directed a few movies. In 1967, he received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter. In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities

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    One of his most controversial paintings was the depiction of Mother India in the nude and was superimposed on a map of India. After a series of sustained protests by Hindu groups, M.F Husain withdrew the painting from an exhibition, and later apologised

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    M.F Husain was forced to leave India in 2006 following protests by Hindu right wing groups over his paintings where he depicted Hindu goddesses as nude on canvas. Husain, who came under intense criticism had been on a self-imposed exile since 2006, and had vowed to never return to India. He had been living in Dubai and London, and was offered citizenship by Qatar in January 2010. He had accepted the offer

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    M.F Husain has also produced & directed several movies, including Gaja Gamini (2000) with his muse Madhuri Dixit. The film was intended as a tribute to Dixit herself. In the film, the paintings that were supposedly done by Madhuri were actually Husain's. He went on to make Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities with Tabu. The film was pulled out of cinemas a day after some Muslim organisations raised objections to one of the songs in it. In the photo - (With Tabu, on the sets of his film Meenaxi: Tale of Three Cities)

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    In 2008 M.F Husain was commissioned to create 32 large-scale paintings of Indian history. He finished 8 before his death. In 2010, he was conferred Qatari nationality, and he surrendered his Indian passport. In Qatar, he principally worked on two large projects, one on the history of Arab civilisation and one on the history of Indian civilisation. In the photo - (With a young Anil Kapoor and an even younger Aamir Khan.)

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    At the age of 92 M.F Husain was given the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award by the government of Kerala. The announcement led to controversy in Kerala and some cultural organisations campaigned against the granting of the award and petitioned the Kerala courts

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    In 2010, the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named M.F Husain as one of the 500 most influential Muslims

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    M.F Husain had reportedly watched the Madhuri Dixit-starrer Hum Aapke Hain Koun 73 times and Amrita Rao-starrer Vivaah 20 times

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    Gulzar had once said, "Gaye to kabhi humne manaane ki koshish bhi nahin ki. When M.F Husain was in India, he would come over, and we would share a drink or two. He would ask for wine. He had even asked me to write a song for his film, which I did, although it was later dropped from the film, for reasons unknown to me. In fact, Jabbar Patel had planned to make a film on Husain saab's life, which I was to write. Jabbar's film was eventually shelved

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    M.F Husain's admirers petitioned the government to grant him the Bharat Ratna. According to Shashi Tharoor, who supported the petition, it praised Husain because his "life and work are beginning to serve as an allegory for the changing modalities of the secular in modern India – and the challenges that the narrative of the nation holds for many of us. This is the opportune and crucial time to honour him for his dedication and courage to the cultural renaissance of his beloved country."

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    M.F Husain died in London on June 9, 2011. He was 95, and was unwell for some time. Husain's health had worsened following a heart attack in March that had gone undetected. He died at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on 10 June 2011

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    M.F Husain was a Mumbaikar all the way. He longed for the city that he passionately loved, as he lay on a cot in a cold, impersonal hospital room in distant London. He yearned to come home, and home to him was India

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    M.F Husain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. In the photo  - (Husain at Shwetambara exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery)

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