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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Temple town recalls hero's visit

There is nothing left of 115-year-old Zariwada - a chawl-like residential structure - but the land on which it once is witness to the birth of one of India's greatest artists.

Going away barefoot

Mortality didn’t worry him. He theorised that every year after the age of 75 or 80 is a bonus. Occasionally, hyperacidity attacks enforced a check-in to his favourite sea-facing room in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. Khalid Mohamed reminisces. Rewind | Five Frames

Always the Hindu zealot’s target

The impulse was political; religion a ruse, and MF Husain’s ‘controversial” sketches of Hindu deities easy cannon fodder in a right-wing gameplan, the ramifications of which were much wider. Vinod Sharma writes.

‘No one cares about my return’

.MF Husain had quite a few cellphone numbers, some of which would go out of reach or were simply not available, as he lived between Doha, Dubai and London, also travelling to New York to attend art shows. He was unreachable, mostly. A day before being diagnosed for water retention last week, Husain called from Dubai. Driven by habit, I had recorded a brief interview. Khalid Mohamed writes.

‘He took me to Dabangg on his 95th’

I never believed Husain could die. At his 95th birthday last September in Doha, he took me to see Dabanng. He always treated me like a son. Ram Rahman reminisces.

Portrait of a finger-snapper

There’s a lot to hurry through in the art of Maqbool Fida Husain to get to the point. Renuka Narayanan writes.

He loved the market, the market loved him

‘Husain was the walking, talking billboard  for Indian art,’ says Arun Vadehra, whose Delhi gallery has been associated woth the artist since the early 1990s. As much as for his art itself, this was also true for the barefoot artist being market-savvy. Amitava Sanyal writes.

When Husain lunched with scientists, painted mural for TIFR

For the two years that artist MF Husain spent at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Colaba, he found great pride in sharing lunch with the scientists in the institute’s canteen. Reetika Subramanian writes.

‘Without culture, there is no identity of any nation’

My memories of Chetana date back to 1947 but it is just as if it happened yesterday. It was around that time that I entered the art world. Ara, Souza and others had just formed the Bombay Progressive Artists Group; though I had been in Bombay since 1936 I had never met these people. By MF Husain

I prefer Husain to Picasso: Raj

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday paid tribute to MF Husain, calling him a “national asset” and said his body should be flown back to India for the last rites. HT reports.

Sita sold hours after Husain's death

With surreal timing, two paintings by MF Husain sold at the London auction house Christie’s on Thursday, drawing a packed house just over 12 hours after the painter died. Dipankar De Sarkar reports. Pics: My art, my women |

MF Husain makes his last journey

After a life filled with vibrant women, colours and controversy, MF Husain was given a quiet and religious burial in a leafy Surrey cemetery by a small group of family, friends and admirers on Friday. Dipankar De Sarkar reports.

Husain was sad about not returning to India: Madhuri

MF Husain was always full of excitement and ever on the move, reminisces Madhuri Dixit, the celebrated painter's first Bollywood muse with whom he had planned an ambitious project on Indian cinema.

One man’s controversy is all others’ freedom

No doubt Husain was a great painter who marketed himself successfully — often by crossing the lakshman-rekha. Satya Prakash writes.
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