Marking the 100th birth anniversary of the celebrated artist Maqbool Fida Husain, Google dedicated a doodle to him on Thursday. An illustration of the multifaceted artist holding a brush replaced the second 'G' and 'L' in Google while geometrical patterns stood for G, O, O and E.
When you click on the doodle, you are taken to a page with websites giving information about the artist. It also includes his official website.
Husain died in London on June 2011 at the age of 95. The artist, also known as the Picasso of India, was in London on a self-imposed exile after some of his works stirred controversy in India. He was earlier honoured with Padma Shree (1966), Padma Bhushan (1973) and Padma Vibhushan (1991).
He also directed his favourite muse and actor Madhuri Dixit on the silver screen in Gaja Gamini (2000). He later directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004) starring Tabu, which was screened at the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
Earlier, MF Husain had directed the National Award-winning film, Through the Eyes of a Painter (1967). The movie also got Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Born in a Muslim family in Pandharpur (Maharashtra) and trained at the famous Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai, Husain's tryst with art began when he started making Bollywood film posters. In the late 1940s after India got its independence, he joined the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. The group attempted to create a new art for a new country, combining Indian traditions with modern Western avant-garde styles.
In 2006, Husain's Bharatmata, depicting India as a woman in nude, enraged large groups of people in the country and Husain was forced to flee India. However, he saw nudity as a sign of purity and remained unrepentant. Just months before he died in London, He told Hindustan Times in an interview that he was homesick and longed to return to Mumbai, calling himself an "international gypsy".
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