New Delhi: The death of the legendary painter MF Husain, would have struck a deep blow to the art fraternity. Credited with several accolades during his lifetime, including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, the artist was also mired in several controversies throughout his career.
His depiction of nude Hindu deities or Hindu Gods in sexual union did not go down well with several Hindu religious leaders. These leaders were particularly incensed because the country is often looked up to as Bharat Mata or Mother India.
The idea of the country as sacred has been reiterated time and again and often is a recurring motif in Indian literature.
The main contention of Hindu religious leaders is that Husain treated Hindu religion in a deprecatory manner. But Husain had always maintained that freedom of expression was a right of the artist and that artists could express their emotions only through their works of art. ...more
10:01 AM, Jun 09, 2011