Born – 17th September 1915, Pandharpur Maharashtra India

Died – 09th June 2011, London

Nationality – Indian

           – Qatar

Maqbool Fida Husain also known as M.F.Husain was born in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, India. He was one of India’s eminent artist In 1930s he began his career as a painter by painting billboards of bollywood film industry.

Hussain was a great Indian artist known for executing bold and vibrantly coloured paintings in a cubist style. He was the founding member of the Progressive Artists Group. Most of the paintings include diverse topics like Gandhi, Mother Teressa, Scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharta.

Hussain also produced and directed several movies. Gaja Gamini in the year 2000 was made as a tribute to Actress Madhuri Dixit.


Padma Shri in 1966,.

Padma Bhushan in 1973, 

Padma Vibhushan in 1991, 

Raja Ravi Varma Award in 2007, Government of Kerala.

Honorary Doctorates from Banaras Hindu UniversityJamia Millia IslamiaUniversity of Calicut (2003) and University of Mysore.

National Art Award in 2004, Lalit Kala AkademiNew Delhi.

Aditya Vikram Birla ‘Kalashikkar’ Award in 1997 for Lifetime Achievement.

National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through the Eyes of a Painter, in 1968 India.

Golden Bear short film award for his film Through the Eyes of a Painter at Berlin International Film Festival in 1967 and purchased by Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.

International Biennale Award in 1959, Tokyo.

First Prize at the National Exhibition of Art in 1955, Lalit Kala AkademiNew Delhi.

Bombay Art Society in 1947, Mumbai

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