September 2, 2014
News reports say that Maqbool Fida Hussain, India's most famous modern painter, has died in London. He was 95.
CNN-IBN TV is quoting a friend, Arun Vadehra, as saying that Hussain died at Royal Brompton hospital in London on Thursday.
Hussain had lived in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2005 after coming under attack from Hindu hard-liners in India for a nude painting of a woman shaped like India's map.
No details of the cause of his death were immediately known.
Hussain was a former movie billboard artist who rose to become India's most sought-after painter, whose work commanded price tags running into millions of dollars.
His paintings and even his simple pencil sketches became status symbols for India's wealthy elite.