Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, a
bitter critic of M F Husain, on Thursday said damage may have been
caused to modern art due to the demise of the painter and
prayed that he finds peace.
His nephew and MNS president Raj Thackeray wanted all
controversies related to Husain`s paintings be laid to rest.
"Damage may have been caused to modern art due to his
demise. That`s all. May Allah give him peace," 83-year-old Bal
Thackeray, himself a cartoonist of repute, said.
Right-wing groups like Shiv Sena and MNS as well as
other Hindutva organisations were up in arms against Husain`s
depiction of Hindu gods and goddesses and fringe groups often
targeted exhibitions of his paintings.
"As an artist, everyone has a domain and Husain
handled his modern art with zeal. However, he slipped while
drawing paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses," Bal Thackeray
"He was happy in his field," he said, adding, "I do
not like modern art."
Raj Thackeray said, "Husain was a national asset and
his contribution to the field of Indian art can never be
overlooked. Whatever controversies happened should be laid to
rest with his passing and if his family wishes to bring back
the mortal remains home, it should be allowed."
He said Husain should be accorded appropriate respect.
Raj, also a cartoonist, said Pandharpur-born Husain
was deeply associated with Maharashtra where his art blossomed
and gained international recognition.