Reactions to M.F. Husain’s death

MUMBAI Thu Jun 9, 2011 5:20pm IST

A visitor looks at a painting by India's renowned artist M.F. Husain during an exhibition in Mumbai, Jauary 14, 2004. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

A visitor looks at a painting by India's renowned artist M.F. Husain during an exhibition in Mumbai, Jauary 14, 2004.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Maqbool Fida Husain, India's best known painter, died in exile in London on Thursday aged 95. Here are some reactions:

“A great artist like him doesn’t have any nationality. As far as the government was concerned, he was an eminent artist whom we invited to visit the country many many times.” - Ambika Soni, I&B Minister

“MF Hussain, artist, painter, friend ... passes away ! Sad, very sad ! Many of his works and gifts adorn my home.” - Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood actor.

“RIP M.F. Hussain. I'll never forget the privilege of watching you paint in Sanawar all those years ago.” - Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

“He put Indian art on the international map. He was so prolific that it didnt matter whether some of his art appealed to the masses and some of it was appreciated at the highest level" - Anjolie Ela Menon.

“Deeply saddened by passing of M F Husain. Giant of Indian art &wonderful personality, creative till his last breath at 95. A grt loss4 India.” - Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar)

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