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MF Hussain’s 100th Birthday – Picasso of India

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An Eminent Indori MF Hussain has  100th Birthday today .

A self-taught artist, Muqbool Fida Husain was born in 1915 in Maharashtra. At an early age he learnt the art of calligraphy and practiced the Kulfic khat with its geometric forms. He also learnt to write poetry while staying with an uncle in a madrasa in Baroda, an art that has stayed with him through his life. His early education was perfunctory but Husain’s love of drawing was evident even at this stage. Whenever he got a chance he would strap his painting gear to his bicycle and drive out to the surrounding countryside of Indore to paint the landscape. In 1937 he reached Mumbai determined to become an artist, with hardly any money and lived m a cheap room in a by lane inhabited by pimps and prostitutes. Initially Husain apprenticed himself to a painter of cinema hoardings which he would paint with great dexterity perched on scaffolding sometimes in the middle of traffic.

Hussain’s favorite Horse 

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Google Doodle on www.google.in honors what would have been the 100th birthday of Maqbool Fida Husain, more commonly known as M.F Husain, one of India’s most respected artists who died at the age of 95 on June 9, 2011.

Born in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, he painted in an abstract style, earning him the moniker “the Picasso of India.” His portrayals of famed Indian deities and use of nudity garnered controversy, especially towards the end of his career. 

Husain’s talents didn’t only involve painting, however. He was also an accomplished photographer, illustrator and filmmaker.

In Indore Hussein has a lot of fans from artists fraternity, old friends and families.  

Indore Ka Raja - Ganeshotsav

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