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Govt steers clear of Hussain controversy

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2008 15:56 IST
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Washing its hands off the controversy surrounding non-inclusion of paintings of M F Hussain at the India Art Summit, the Culture Ministry has said that it was not consulted about the choice of works to be displayed but would be "happy" if the artist is included.

Hussain's works are missing at the three-day mega art event beginning at Pragati Maidan on Friday.

However, works of of many reputed artists including FN Souza, S H Raza and Jamini Roy are being showcased at the event.

While the ministry welcomes all attempts of creativity, it has not been consulted regarding artists whose works are to be displayed at the Summit, a spokesperson of the Ministry said.

"However, it would be happy if all major artists, including the paintings of M F Husain are displayed, at such an event," he said.

"Husain is one of the most prominent artistes of the country and the absence of his work at the India Art Summit will not reflect the true scenario of India," he added.

In fact, the ministry has clarified that recently it involved Husain as a member of its National Culture Fund Council.

The ministry was reacting to media reports that the works of the 92-year-old artist, in self-exile since 2006 after he faced threats from right wing Hindu outfits over his paintings, have been left out of the Summit.