MF Husain left this planet last week to paint freely and peacefully in his heavenly studio. While on this planet for 95 years, he used to say his home was where he was, at any given time. He was a universal man.
His free style strokes were a product of Hindu mythology and Indian culture. He crafted seminal canvasses, like Man, Zameen and Between the Spider and the Lamp in his early years.
His belief in Shakti --- the female force--- was so strong that it seemed to come out as a volcanic eruption in his works. Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa symbolised his belief in the female force on this planet.
One of his delicate portraits of Saraswati got him into serious trouble and years of nightmare. This made him flee his country for perfect freedom in the Gulf and London, where he now rests in peace.
His works are a medium for the expression of freedom of thought and reflection of the very essence of beauty. If he saw beauty and power in Durga and Lakshmi, he saw their extension in his muses like Madhuri Dixit, Tabu and Amrita Rao.
"Da Vinci chose to immortalise Mona Lisa --- it was his choice. Years ago, Madhuri Dixit was my muse, and then it was Amrita Rao. If a painter is just looking for a beautiful woman, there is no dearth of them. But there will always be something missing," Husain had said in one of his brighter moments.
Husain was extremely sensitive, and his works reflected the changes around him. He never failed to evolve with modernism's latest face. His works were influenced by the trends of violence, fear and anxiety. But mysticism remained the constant factor. That is why his works are seen and interpreted differently by different people.
Husain was an angel who taught us to learn, through art, the art of living and appreciate life for its essential goodness and vibrancy. He is not with us physically, but his spirit will reflect in our achievements and in all the good things we do.