In Memoriam: Maqbool Fida Husain and his Writings

Sneha Sikand of Saffronart on a programme organised to commemorate the first death anniversary of the artist

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New Delhi: To mark one year since his demise, friends and well wishers gathered at the India International Centre (IIC) for a rather special programme. Celebrated world over for his artworks, only a handful of people actually knew of his interest in poetry and prose. Harf va Naksh, a diary maintained by Husain contains a collection of unsent letters, abstract drawings, and poetry in Urdu, Hindi and English. Found in the private collection of author Krishna Baldev Vaid, it was gifted to him over forty years ago by Husain himself.

Organised by the Raza Foundation, excerpts from the late artist’s diary were read out by his contemporaries and friends, Syed Haider Raza and Krishen Khanna among others. Read more about the event here.

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