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Thursday, June 9, 2011

M. F. Husain, the Picasso of India, died

M. F. Husain(Maqbool Fida Husain), the legendary Indian painter, popularly known as 'Picasso of India', died on 8-06-2011 at the age of 95. He died at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, where he was admitted.

Know Husain In Detail

Hussain was once a member of Rajya Sabha and had been awarded with nation's second highest award Padma Vibhushan. At the recent Bonham's auctions his paintings fetched the highest sum for any Indian artist, i.e, Rs 2.32 crore!!! He was living in self-exile since 2006 following a series of legal cases and death threats against him over his paintings depicting Hindu goddesses in nude. He accepted Qatari citizenship in 2010.
Hussain was born in Pandharpur in Maharashtra on September 17, 1915. In 1955, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree. In 1967, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter. It was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear.
Husain was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1971. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991.
A painting by Husain

He also produced and directed a few movies, including Gaja Gamini with his favourite Madhuri Dixit who was the subject of a series of his paintings which he signed as Fida.
Husain's autobiography was being made into a movie tentatively titled The Making of the Painter, starring Shreyas Talpade as the young Husain.

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