The death of India’s most famous modern artist, M.F. Husain, in a London hospital early Thursday has prompted an outpouring of grief from across the country. Labeled as the “Picasso of India” by Forbes magazine, the 95-year-old maverick earned fame and wrath for his works.
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M.F. Husain’s death has prompted an outpouring of grief from across India.
Television news channels and social media networks are abuzz with news of his passing. Below are some of the tributes paid to the legendary painter.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Mr. Husain’s death as a “national loss.”
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil: “He was a world renowned artist whose extraordinary style made him a celebrity in his own right in the arena of contemporary paintings. His death would create a deep void in the world of art and creativity. He also brought glory to the house as a Parliamentarian.”
Vice President M Hamid Ansari: “Besides his enormous achievements in painting and other art forms, M.F. Husain was a keen observer of our national evolution which was reflected in his art. He will always be remembered for his love of India that was reflected in his paintings”
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar: “His death leaves behind a vacuum.”
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah: “RIP M.F. Husain. I’ll never forget the privilege of watching you paint in Sanawar all those years ago.”
Shashi Tharoor: “Deeply saddened by passing of M. F. Husain. Giant of Indian art and wonderful personality, creative till his last breath at 95. A grt loss for India”
Television journalist Barkha Dutt: “Alvida Husain sahib. Still remember the many interviews we did… I hope the UPA government that could not create conditions for Husain’s safe return will have the grace to mourn him in death.”
Rajdeep Sardesai: “M.F. Husain RIP. True Genius. should say no more.”
Sanjay Bhattacharjee, Indian painter: “There won’t be another Husain”
Anjolie Ela Menon, painter: “Husain’s death is shocking. His work will remain for posterity.”
Alka Raghuvanshi, artist: “In spite of his grey hair he was very young at heart and mind. Single-handedly he introduced India in the world map through his art work.”
Jatin Das, Indian painter: “Big loss to the Indian art.”
Photographer Atul Kasbekar: “I hope Husain saheb can be allowed to finally rest in his homeland. Will miss you sir. You have been a tremendous source of energy n inspiration”
Author Shobhaa De said on television: “Husain will remain an icon and legend. The Indian government failed him during his lifetime. Let’s not talk about conferring Bharat Ratna on him posthumously. He was and will be the Bharat Ratna even if we didn’t know his value while he lived.”
Bangaldeshi author Taslima Nasreen: “M.F. Husain could not spend his last days in his motherland! Cry, the beloved country.”
Javed Akhtar, Indian poet and lyricist: “Saddened by Husain saheb’s death.”
Nafisa Ali, actor and social activist: “Husain was a gifted genius.”
Actor Kunal Kapoor: “He was an incredible human being with an incredible amount of energy in whatever he did”
Shekhar Kapur, Bollywood director: “M.F. Husain who seemed ageless, painting till his last days leaves us with one of India’s greatest legacy of art.”
Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar: “Sad to hear renowned legendary artist M.F. Husain passes away, RIP !!”
Actor and director Rahul Bose: “Husain passes away. We hang our heads partly in grief and partly in shame for not being able to let him spend his last days in this country.”
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Via: India Real Time