Biography of M.F. Hussain

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Maqbool Fida Husain was a standout amongst the most renowned specialists of India, known everywhere throughout the world for his astounding compositions that he made amid his lifetime. So gigantic is the prominence of his canvases that M. F. Husain was known as the ‘Picasso of India’ by the Forbes magazine. Husain was to a great extent mindful in modernizing Indian craftsmanship as he was a standout amongst the most powerful establishing individuals from Bombay Progressive

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Artists’ Group. Over the span of his awe inspiring vocation, Husain likewise attempted his hand at printmaking, photography and filmmaking. A portion of the movies which he coordinated met with basic achievement. Aside from getting the esteemed National Film Award under Best Experimental Film for his motion picture ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’, he additionally made ‘Gaja Gamini’ and ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’.

The last was screened and acknowledged at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In spite of the fact that he was a celebrated and regarded painter, Husain met with overwhelming reactions amid the last periods of his profession. The reactions flew in for his naked portrayals of Hindu goddesses, which at last constrained him to look for haven in nations like Qatar and England. Husain never made it back to his homeland and the discussions encompassing his outcast proceeded for a long time even after his death.

Youth and Early Life

M.F. Husain was conceived on seventeenth September 1915 in Pandharpur town of Maharashtra into a Sulaymani Bohra family. Husain lost his mom when he was just a single and a half years old. Following a couple of months, his dad remarried and moved to Indore, where Husain finished his tutoring. For a couple of years amid his young life, Husain remained in Baroda, where he grabbed the craft of calligraphy. On account of his introduction to calligraphy, he progressively created enthusiasm towards craftsmanship and chose to end up a craftsman. He moved to Bombay (presently Mumbai) in 1935 and selected at the well known Sir J. J. School of Art.

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Early Career

M. F. Husain began his work of art vocation as a painter of film hoardings. By the mid 1930s, Hindi film was prospering with upwards of 200 movies for each year and the publicizing market was gravely needing brilliant painters. Husain utilized this chance to deal with his day by day needs. He additionally begun working for a toy organization, where he structured and made some imaginative toys. He was additionally in contact with his mates from Sir J. J. School of Art and was trusting that the correct open door will contribute towards the development of Indian craftsmanship.

Development of the Progressive Artists’ Group

M. F. Husain and his companions from Sir J. J. School of Art needed to break the well established convention of the Bengal school of craftsmanship. They realized that so as to take Indian craftsmanship to the world stage, they needed to urge specialists to grasp innovation. Husain saw the parcel of 1947 as a chance to begin a development the same number of blameless lives were lost amid the segment of Indian and Pakistan. Guaranteeing that ‘another India’ was conceived out of the parcel, Husain and his companions asked their kindred specialists to grasp new thoughts and consequently, The Progressive Artists’ Group, which they framed in 1947, turned into a power to figure with. Before long, the development picked up acknowledgment and the gathering developed in quality, which eventually turned into a defining moment ever of workmanship.

Profession and Controversies

Husain previously shown his fine arts in Zurich in the year 1952 and after that proceeded to show his works in the US without precedent for 1964. Despite the fact that Husain delighted in acclaim and regard amid the underlying period of his vocation, a huge part of his depiction profession was buried in contentions. As a rule, different Hindu patriot bunches focused on him for harming religious feelings. In 1996, a Hindi month to month magazine named ‘Vichar Mimansa’ distributed a portion of his disputable canvases that were made during the 70s. The artistic creations that portrayed naked Hindu goddesses earned the fury of numerous Hindus and Hindu associations and thusly eight criminal objections were held up against Husain. After two years, a considerable lot of his artworks were vandalized and his home assaulted.

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In 2006, he was charged again to hurt the estimations of individuals for thinking of a naked representation of Bharatmata (Mother India). The artistic creation was compelled to be pulled back from different sell-offs and an expression of remorse from Husain was requested. Be that as it may, the work of art was later sold at a sale for Rs 80 lakh. In the end, Husain began accepting passing dangers from different incredible associations and he was left with no other decision yet to leave India.

In 2008, one of his artworks was sold for an incredible $1.6 million at Christie’s, making him the best-paid painter in India around then. As of late, a solitary canvas of M. F. Husain brought more than 2 million Dollars at a Christie’s sale. Amid his stay in Qatar, he was dispatched by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Qatar’s first woman, to think of two artworks – the historical backdrop of Arab human progress and the historical backdrop of Indian development. In 2008, he was dispatched to paint 32 artistic creations portraying the historical backdrop of India. He could just total eight, preceding his body abandoned this materialistic world.

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M. F. Husain was respected with numerous lofty honors through the course of his questionable yet great vocation. Probably the most essential ones are referenced below:

  • Padma Shri – In the year 1966, the legislature of India regarded him with the nation’s fourth most noteworthy non military personnel grant.
  • Padma Bhushan – In 1973, he was granted with India’s third most noteworthy non military personnel grant.
  • Padma Vibhushan – In 1991, M. F. Husain won the nation’s second most elevated non military personnel grant for his commitment towards Indian craftsmanship.
  • Raja Ravi Varma Award – In the year 2007, the legislature of Kerala respected him with the state’s most astounding honor in the field of workmanship. In any case, the administration’s choice was addressed by different associations and it in the long run prompted a noteworthy debate.


The Government of India delegated Husain to a term in the Rajya Sabha, in acknowledgment of his commitment to craftsmanship. The Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center discharged a rundown of 500 most powerful Muslims on the planet and Husain was a piece of it. A considerable lot of his canvases are generally refreshing in Europe and the USA, and his fine arts are shown in a few exhibition halls all through the world.

Individual Life

M. F. Husain was hitched to Fazila Bibi and they were honored with two girls and four children. In 2015, Husain’s oldest child Shamshad Hussain, who was likewise a painter, passed on at 69 years old subsequent to experiencing liver malignancy.

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In the wake of spending his last days in Qatar and London, Husain communicated a powerful urge to come back to India, yet was exhorted against it as he was always accepting passing dangers. In the wake of being sick for quite a long time, Husain inhaled his last after a heart failure on ninth June 2011 at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. His human remains were covered in Brookwood Cemetery, the biggest burial ground in the U.K.


One of M. F. Husain’s most prominent heritages is his endeavors to take Indian craftsmanship to the world stage by modernizing the workmanship in the nation. He earnestly prevailing with regards to doing as such the same number of present day specialists from India, conceived out of the Progressive Artists’ Group, proceeded to shake the world stage. Likewise, Husain’s heritage is being conveyed forward by his child Owais Husain, who is a prominent craftsman in his own right. The collection of memoirs of M.F. Hussain is being made into a film, which has been likely titled as ‘The Making of the Painter’.

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