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Maqbool Fida over cricket!

Eminent painter MF Hussain is in Karachi to draw sketches of the 5th ODI between India and Pakistan.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 14:59 IST

Eminent Indian painter and filmmaker Maqbool Fida Hussain is in Karachi to add to the colours of friendship and peace generated by the ongoing Indo-Pak cricket series by drawing sketches of the fifth and final ODI to be played in Karachi on Sunday.

The 91-year-old, who enjoys multifarious interests and passions, will undertake his work at the National Stadium as the two teams vie to win the last game.

"We are very happy to see such a celebrated personality from India with us. He is also here to support and back the Indian cricket team of which he is a big supporter," Pakistan Cricket Board official Abbas Zaidi was quoted as saying by The News today.

Zaidi said Hussain would be provided all the facilities and a special place during the match to work on his sketches which will aim to capture the ambiance of the cricket series and "highlight the themes of peace and friendship".

So far no celebrity from India has shown up for the tour unlike in 2003-04 when politicians, film and TV stars and other sportsmen kept on making their presence felt.

Hussain has been awarded the Padmashree by the Indian government and in the following year he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter which won a Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 14:53 IST