B. 1915 D. 2011

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 " At the time when the country was struggling towards acquiring an identity of its own, and modernity was like a freshly acquired apparel, Maqbool Fida Husain was one of the few artists whose insightful works cast a scanning look at its nascent existent all around him. It was to his credit that he had the vision to see the growing aspirations of a newly born nation and eschewing naturalism he set about to delineate the lives of the ordinary person in all his struggle and his rugged grit. " - Yashodhara Dalmia, Art Historian. 

He was born in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. He migrated to Bombay and supported himself painting cinema hoardings. 1941 Designed furnitures and toys. 1948 Member, Progressive Artists? Group, Bambay. 1952 Delegation member from India, World Peace Conference, China. 1954 Member, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.1986,92 Member of Rajya Sabha, New Delhi.1988 Fund raising programme with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi for Bombay Art Society, Tata Theatre, Bombay.Established museum called Sankalana, Bangalore. 1992 Established Husain ki Sarai, Faridabad.1995 Established Husain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad. Film Director, Gajagamini and Meenaxi.