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Indian Painter, Artist and a Writer

  • M F Husain's full name is Maqbool Fida Husain.
  • Husain is an India Painter, Artist and a Writer.
  • At age 20, he was admitted to the J. J. School of Arts in Mumbai.
  • In his early days in Mumbai he earned money painting cinema hoarding.
  • According to Forbes magazine, he has been regarded as the Picasso of India.
  • Husain was on a self imposed Exile from 2006 after death threats for his controversial paintings.
  • His film 'Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities' was pulled out of cinemas a day after some Muslim organisations raised objections to one of the songs in it.
  • In January 2010, Qatar offered its citizenship to him, which he accepted.
  • His projects during the stay in Qatar are largely on the history of Indian civilization and the history of Arab civilization.
  • Government of India awarded him with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1955, Padma Bhushan in 1973 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1991.
  • He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament in 1986.
  • His paintings became controversial after portrayal of Hindu deities in the nude or in an allegedly sexual manner.
  • Non-bailable Warrant and Summon are issued on him by various Indian Courts.
  • Muslims objected the screening of his first film Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities.
  • Husain was included in the list of the 500 Most Influential Muslim in the World,
  • During the last years, he lived in Dubai and London and expressed strong desire to return back to India.
  • He was unwell for several months and died of heart attack at the age of 95 on June 9, 2011 in London.
  • He was buried in Brookwood Cemetery on June 10, 2011.

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