Sunday, May 17, 2009

M.F. Husain - Controversial Indian Artist

Maqbool Fida Husain is one of India's most famous contemporary painters although he lives in Dubai. He is afraid to go home because he has provoked the ire of Hindu Nationalists for painting goddesses, sometimes in the nude.

read more..... and check out all the related New York Times articles.

There is a website dedicated to censoring this artist: MF Hussain Campaign - I had quite some heated discussions with the network creator (and censor) of the ArtLab network, concerning this issue, after a blog of mine featuring a slide show of select works by Visionary Artists was deleted on that network (most likely because of the latest inclusion of Miguel Tio's work) - now that I read the content of the Husain Campaign link above, I am beginning to understand that artistic freedom is not universal, and Husain's plight does touch us. Pictured below is one of the offending paintings:

On further research I found this essay about Hindu Fundamentalism, revealing the political background to this story.
It should be noted that, while the hounding of Husain continues, the Indian Surpreme Court Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had exonerated him. The reasonings of the Indian Surpreme Court Judge are quoted in this blog by E=mc^2: MF Husain Nudes Judgement - July 3rd, 2008.

Love, Peace and Happyness, a rare commodity in the world today?

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