Maqbool Fida Husain, India’s well known artist passed away at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London due to heart attack by 2:3o a.m local time on Thursday. He was 96.
Mr.Husain’s health condition was not good for the past one month as per a report made by his family.
Prime Minister Mr.Manmohan Singh claims Mr.Husain’s death as a ‘national loss’.President Pratibha Patil said “his death left a void in the world of death”.
In the recent years the said artist and the activists, Mr. Husain had lamented his inability to live in India because of death threats and legal issues over paintings that Hindu groups described as obscene. Mr.Husain left India in 2006 and in the year 2010, he was offered and accepted citizenship of Qatar and divided his time between homes in Qatar and London. The governments has been criticized by activists and artists for not making rigorous attempts to bring Mr.Hussain back to India.
Popularly known as the ‘Picasso of India’, Mr.Husain had great love for his motherland and moreover he was the first among the earlier Indian painters to demanded huge prices at International auctions.
He also directed a few films. In 1967, Husain’s first film “ Through the eyes of a painter” won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Mr.Husain began gaining international attention in the late 1940’s. he joined the Progressive Artists Group, founded by Francis Newton in 1947. The group was explored to form a new idiom for young artists wanting to break with the Nationalist traditions established by Bengal School of Art.
He was honored with the famous Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, Mr.Hussain’s Battle of Ganga and Yamuna: Mahabharata 12 fetched
USD 1.6 million in 2008 making a world record at Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale.
Report by Alka