Goa State Museum officials will meet later this week to
decide whether artist M. F. Husain's painting titled "Standing
Buddha" should continue to be displayed, after a right-wing Hindu
group sought its removal.
director Radha Bhave said that she would be meeting higher officials
later this week to decide on whether to continue the display of the
oil painting which shows a white bull against a vividly coloured
"I will need time to decide on the
matter, I will have to take my seniors into confidence. We will meet
and take a decision collectively," Bhave told reporters Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, in a written
representation to the museum authorities, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS)
convenor Jayesh Thali, while admitting that he had no basic
objection to this particular painting, said the outfit was
simultaneously working at preventing Husain's art from being
displayed publicly throughout India.
"He (Husain) has always hurt the
religious feelings and national sentiments of millions of Hindus and
Indians earlier. His paintings of Hindu deities and the Bharat Mata
in the nude were thoroughly obscene and in bad taste," Thali said,
adding that the HJS would be forced to agitate if the painting was
not pulled out of public display.
The "Standing Buddha" is one of the
several paintings on display at the Panaji based museum, along with
other art works by famous artists such as F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza and
"The painting is undated. It was
sourced from Institute Menezes Braganza Trust in Panaji," Bhave