MF Husain – poetic tribute by Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi
Maqbool Fida Husain, 95, the renowned contemporary and progressive artist who put India on the world’s art map, died today in London’s Royal Brompton hospital, after a month of illness. Husain died of a heart attack at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
Considered to be the pioneer of Indian avant garde, Husain has been both adulated and hated. A Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Husain first came into controversy when his first ‘anti-Hindu’ work, nude depictions of Indian goddesses, was published in 1996. Death threats by Hindu fanatics resulted, as did legal petitions by BJP and RSS and vandalism of Husain’s art exhibitions. Husain finally had to leave the country in self-imposed exile after the controversial Bharatmata painting of 2006.. Here is a poetic tribute to MF Husain by Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi. (Posted by Muslim Saleem on June 9, 2011)