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M. F. Husain

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Name- Maqbool Fida Husain

DOB- 29 November 1913 (Pandharpur, Maharashtra)

Known for- Painting, drawing, writer, filmmaker

Father- Fida Husain

Mother- Zunaib Husain

Death- 9 June 2011 (London)

 


 

About M. F. Husain-

 

M.F. Husain was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG). His themes—sometimes treated in series—include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. M.F. Husain was also a director of some movies. He received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through The Eyes of a Painter in 1967.

He was born on 29 November 1913 in Pandharpur. He was belonged to a Sulaymani Bohra family who trace their roots back to Gujarat within the last 200 years and then originally to Yemen. Primarily self-taught, Husain painted cinema posters in Mumbai early in his career. To earn extra money, he worked for a toy company designing and building toys. He often travelled to Gujarat to paint landscapes when he could afford to. The artists cite "The Partition" of India and Pakistan 14 August 1947, with its resulting religious rioting and heavy loss of life as their reason for forming The Progressive Artist's Group in Bombay in December 1947. The artists saw the Partition as a "turning point" for India, and their new style of art was urged on by, and was also a turning point for, Indian Art. His first solo exhibit was in 1952 in Zurich. Husain’s first U.S.A. exhibit was at India House in New York in 1964. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 1966.

 

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He made his first film Through the Eyes of a Painter, in 1967. This film won a Golden Bear short film award. Husain’s paintings allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Hindu nationalist groups, which beginning in the 1990s mounted a campaign of protest against him. He has also produced & directed some movies in 2000. Gaja Gamini was one of them movies. The film was intended as a tribute to Ms. Dixit herself. Husain was charged with "hurting sentiments of people" because of his nude portraits of Hindu gods and goddesses, in February 2006. Husain apologized and promised to withdraw the painting from an auction, which was later sold for Rs 80 lakh in the auction. Husain became the best-paid painter in India, his highest-selling piece fetching $1.6 million at a 2008 Christie's auction. At the age of 92 Husain was to be given the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award by the government of Kerala.

Fazila Bibi was wife of M.F. Husain. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died at the age of 97, in Royal Brompton Hospital, in London on 9 June 2011, following a heart attack.

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