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M.F.Husain

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.

Awards

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

Raja Ravi Varma

Born – 29th April 1848, Trivandrum Travancore British raj India

Died – 2nd October 1906, Trivandrum Travancore British raj  India

Nationality – Indian

Raja Ravi Varma was a renowned Indian painter. He inspired the future generations to a great extent. Ravi Varma was closely related to the royal family . Even the title Raja was given to him by the then Viceroy and the Governor General of India.

Ravi Varma was born in a creative family his father Ezhumavil Neelakanthan Bhattatripad was a scholar of Sanskrit and Ayurveda and mother Umayamba Thampurrati was a poet and writer and from a very young age Ravi Varma was inclined towards art . Ravi Varma’s brother Raja verma was also a painter and worked closely with him.

From a very young age Ravi Varma was interested in art and color, he used to colour the walls of his house and make drawings of animals or everyday daily work chores. His Uncle Raja Raja Varma noticed his potential in the field of art and decided to get him formal training in water colors.After being trained by various artists Ravi Varma emerged as a finest Indian Painter. He excelled in depicting scenes from Indian literature and epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

He combined Indian tradition with European technique. Further he made lithographs available of his paintings to the public. It was for this reason that the common people started developing a interest in fine art.

Awards and Achievements

  • 1904, the Viceroy lord Curzon bestowed upon Verma the Kaisar – I- Hind Gold Medal
  • In 1873 he won an award in Vienna
  • In 1893 at the world Columbian Exposition he was bestowed with three gold medals for his work of art
  • Several schools, colleges, institutions have been named after him.

Some of his major works include

He will always be remembered for his key contribution to the society and his important art works.