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Picasso of India: Google eulogizes MF Husain’s 100th birth anniversary

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New Delhi:   Google on Thursday celebrated the birth centenary of renowned Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain. He was born on September 17, 1915, in Pandharpur and died in London on June 9, 2011.  He would spend his summers in London after a self-imposed exile since 2006 due to death threats back at home and also because of scores of lawsuits against him.

Highlighting the painter’s favourite colours, notably pastels in blue, red, yellow ochre and mud brown, Google doodle was an abstract geometrical illustration with circles and Husain’s painted portrait holding a brush at the centre.

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The search engine called him the ‘Picasso of India’.

“This was partly due to his modernist, slightly cubist paintings and to the sheer volume of work that he produced. His middle name, ‘Fida’ can be translated as ‘obsessed’ or ‘devoted’ which could also describe his approach to making art.” Google reported.

The Internet giant recalled that MF Husain’s first love was cinema and he originally set out to become a film director in Mumbai. But to make a living, he got a job, painting film billboards and making toys.

The painter was born in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, September 17, 1915, to mother Zunaib and father Fida. His tryst with painting began when he learnt the art of calligraphy.

Painting soon became his passion, and inspired by the changes in India in the late 1940s, he helped found ‘The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay’, under which he and his fellow artists attempted to address Indian themes in a modern way and take Indian art to a global audience.

MF Husain became particularly known for his energetic painting of horses and serial depictions of classic narratives such as the Mahabharata and Indian gods and goddesses. But eventually, the acclaim he received from his early paintings led him back to cinema.

His directorial work included a film — “Through the Eyes of a Painter.”

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He was particularly fascinated by actor Madhuri Dixit and made movies with her and Tabu. He was also said to be keen on making a film with Vidya Balan in the lead.

For the barefoot, lanky, silver-maned Husain, controversy and fame went hand-in-hand. And that’s what made him leave India for Doha in 2006– and even took Qatari citizenship.

He would spend his winters there and the summers in London.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

 

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Veteran Choreographer Saroj Khan Makes Women Look Graceful, Says Madhuri Dixit

Directed by Abhishek Verman, “Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha. It is releasing on April 17

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Madhuri was offered around 2.5 crores for her role in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Wikimedia Commons
Madhuri was offered around 2.5 crores for her role in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Wikimedia Commons

Madhuri Dixit Nene, who has joined creative forces with veteran choreographer Saroj Khan for a dance number “Tabha ho gaye” in “Kalank”, says the dance director knows how to make women look graceful on-screen.

In the past, the two artistes have worked on memorable songs like “Ek do teen”, “Choli ke peeche”, “Dhak dhak karne laga” and “Maar daala”.

“Sarojji is one of the choreographers I have collaborated with who goes beyond the surface of lyrics of a song when she choreographs. In cinema, we tend to create steps keeping the camera angle in mind. But Sarojji doesn’t limit the dance in physical movements.

“She finds a spiritual aspect and works on expressions. She knows how to make a woman look graceful and beautiful through a dance,” Madhuri told IANS here during an interview.

“Perhaps that is why every song we did together, holds a recall value even today. If the youngsters are still dancing to those numbers, I think we did something right,” she smiled.

The song “Tabah ho gaye”, a solo dance number picturised on Madhuri, will release on Tuesday. It is choreographed by Saroj Khan and Remo D’Souza.

Saroj Khan
Saroj Khan. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The song comes at a very poignant time in the narration when the back stories of each character are unfolding. The song is a quite defining moment in the story,” the actress said.

Since Madhuri is a trained Kathak dancer, from the beginning of her career she has also cemented her space as a skilled dancer.

With the changing times, is the appreciation of classical dance in Indian cinema fading away?

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“No, I do not agree with that at all. The audience is always intelligent. It is a wrong notion that youngsters only like hip-hop and western dance. After a long time, we have seen a dance like ‘Ghar more’ (from ‘Kalank’) and the audience has really loved the dance. It is a classical dance form that we have presented to the audience and they have enjoyed it.

“It only shows that if the dance is well-choreographed, no matter which form (of dance) it is, people will like it… people of all generations. I think that is the power of good dancing. I am quite confident about ‘Tabah…’ also, because again it is a very emotional, poised, nicely choreographed song,” she said.

Directed by Abhishek Verman, “Kalank” also features Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha. It is releasing on April 17. (IANS)