Photo Credit: Google
It is four years since the demise of renowned Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain aka M.F. Hussain. Internet search engine Google created a colorful illustration on the occasion of his 100th birthday on 17 Sept., Thursday.
The beautiful doodle on the Google page is a portrait painted in some of Hussain’s favorite colors. The doodle has the artist holding a brush surrounded with blue, orange, and yellow circles.
Hussain, who started his artistic career painting cinema posters, is credited for laying the foundation of contemporary Indian art and taking it to an international audience. The multifaceted artist had been in limelight since the formation of Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group, an organisation which encouraged portraying of Indian art in a new and innovative way, in 1947.
His cubist and narrative style earned him the title “Picasso of India.”
However, he invited wide criticism and protest across India for portraying Hindu gods, goddesses, and a painting (Mother India) that depicted the map of India as a nude woman.
Apart from painting, he also tried photography, acting and film direction. His first film “Through the Eyes of a Painter” bagged the prestigious Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1967.
He strengthened his grip in the film world with the 2000 film “Gaja Gamini” starring Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. His 2004 film “Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities,” with Tabu, Kunal Kapoor and Raghuvir Yadav on the lead roles, was banned after some Muslim organizations found similarities in the film’s lyrics and the Quran.
Hussain has won several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri (1966), Padma Bhushan (1973) Padma Vibhushan (1991).
His paintings created controversy all over India, leading to hundreds of lawsuits against him. He also received death threats. due to which he left India for Qatar in 2006. He died at the age of 95 on 9 June 2011 in London.