A calendar designed by SAHMAT for
M.F. Husain's birthday.
M.F. Husain's art and life were marked by a rare synthesis of
cultures, colours, creative expression and controversies that sent
him on an self-imposed exile, his admirers said Friday, a day
ahead of his 96th birth anniversary.
The day will be marked by a sketching and painting competition at
the M.F. Husain Gallery, Jamia Millia Islamia, and the release of
"The capital remembers India's most famous contemporary artist
with love on his birthday - though he may not be among us any
more," photographer-designer and activist Ram Rahman, a close
friend of the artist, told IANS.
Rahman, an office-bearer of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT),
is collaborating with the fine arts faculty of Jamia to pay homage
to the creative genius on his birth anniversary with the daylong
"More than 400 students and members of the faculty will be
expressing their creative visions about Husain and his
significance in Indian contemporary art on paper. We will be
providing them with the paper and the students will use their own
colour palettes," Z.A. Zargar, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at
the Jamia Millia Islamia, told IANS.
The artistic interpretations of Husain will be displayed at the
gallery after 4 p.m.
"Husain is part of the art history syllabus at the Jamia Millia,"
"Members of SAHMAT will carry their collection of coloured paper
lanterns and lamps, two motifs from M.F. Husain's childhood that
kept recurring on his canvas, to deck up the venue at Jamia,"
Rahman told IANS.
At 4 p.m., SAHMAT will release a M.F. Husain commemorative
calendar for 2012 with six visuals that will include two
photographs of the artist - one shot by Rahman and another by his
father, noted photographer Habib Rahman in 1956.
Artists like Jatin Das, Anjolie Ela Menon and Jatin Das - along
with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia - will speak of their
personal experiences with the artist and what Husain means to the
younger generation of art students.
Two of his documentaries by Vivan Sundaram and Laurent Bregeat
screened at the tribute.
Born Sep 17, 1915, at Pandharpur in what is now Maharashtra,
Husain died a citizen of Doha. He left India in 2006 after his
"portrayals" of Indian deities offended the right wing Hindu
groups resulting in a legal fracas.