Google doodle has commemorated the centenary birthday of Indian painter Maqbool Fida Husain on Thursday, 17 September 2015.
MF Husain executed his paintings in cubist style, for which he was referred to as "Picasso of India". The bohemian painter was a polymath, who had also proved his talent as as a print-maker, photographer and filmmaker.
Though Husain was into cinema from a young age, he had to pursue other fields because of financial issues. Later, he turned to painting cinema hoardings for livelihood and the new profession became his passion for the rest of his life.
Husain has also directed a few films including "Through the Eyes of a Painter" (1967), which won him the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film and a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. He also made two Hindi movies, Gaja Gamini with Madhuri Dixit and "Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities" (2004), which was screened in the Marché du Film section of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
The multifaceted painter, who courted controversy over his nude portraits of Hindu gods, had relocated to Dubai and London in self-exile after being threatened by right-wing Hindutva fundamentalists.
Husain, who was honoured with prestigious awards including Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan over the years, died on 9 June 2011.
From 17 September to 24 October, Aicon Gallery in New York will conduct an exhibition, "Husain at Hundred", to commemorate the 100th birthday of MF Husain.