Hindu Voice UK

Saturday, April 29, 2006

M. F. Hussain's 'Mother India' draws protests

M. F. Hussain is one of India's most celebrated artists. His art is auctioned at prestigious venues across the world for considerable sums of money. At the same time, he has always had a precarious reputation with many Hindus. His work has always pushed the boundaries of what is considered artistically sensible.

Hussain's art often takes a Hindu theme. Nothing wrong with that, most of the time. But it gets a bit pushy when we see paintings that show Sita masturbating on the tail of Hanuman. Or Parvati fornicating with a bull while husband Shiva looks on. Or Goddess Durga in union with her lion. Up until now, Hindus have (with the exception of the odd murmur) refused to be provoked by such paintings of Mr Hussain.

Saturday, April 22, 2006