Terror-torn Taj to get M F Husain touch afresh

Taj hotel fire

Here is good news for art lovers and connoisseurs lamenting loss of precious artifacts and paintings that adored the iconic hotel Taj's interiors for years in last week's terror attack.

Renowned artist M F Husain, whose three paintings were pride of the lobby of the heritage hotel for last eight years and destroyed during the terrorists' 59-hour siege, has announced he would paint fresh ones for the hotel.

"I have decided to paint a series of paintings condemning the attack. I am sure someday the Taj will regain its glory and I hope to show these paintings there," the nonagenarian painter told a newspaper here from Dubai.

"It would also be my personal tribute to Taj staff members who laid down their lives for others," he said.

Husain also had a word of praise for the Tatas, owners of the Taj.

"He (Tata Group chief Ratan Tata) and his father Jamshedji have always been great patrons of art and culture. I laud Tatas for what they have done for the nation while most other businessmen have only been interested in furthering their interests."

Merely contemplating the damage caused to artifacts and interiors of the hotel sends a chill down the spine, the painter said.

"The Taj has so many paintings apart from mine. I shudder to think what has happened to them. The Taj is the only hotel in Mumbai which has given so much importance to modern art," he said.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.