Indian PM condoles death of exiled Muslim painter

08:06, June 10, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday condoled the death of the country's legendary and controversial Muslim artist Maqbool Fida Husain, who died in exile in London.

Husain's death is a "national loss" for India, said the prime minister in his condolence message.

Husain, who earned fame and controversy over his paintings, died in self-imposed exile at a London hospital at the age of 95 early Thursday.

Husain had been in indifferent health for the last month-and-a-half, according to his family.

His paintings of nude Hindu goddesses angered hardline Hindus who accused him of obscenity and threatened him with death.

The painter left India in 2006 and was offered Qatari nationality in 2010. He refused to return India afterwards.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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