Late MF Husain’ son Shamshad dies at 69 of liver cancer


Son of late veteran artist MF Husain’s son, Shamshad Husain passed away on Saturday evening. He was 69 and diagnosed with liver cancer in September. His condition deteriorated and was admitted to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj.

“He had developed a style of his own. A gentle person, his figuration was modest and had a personal quality, unlike the more flamboyant works of his father,'' says artist Vivan Sundaram.

Postgraduated from the Royal College of Art, London, Shamshad had his own style of expressing his thought on canvas.

"He was great fun and liked to party; one of the nicest guys I knew. My father (J Swaminathan) really liked him. Husain saab used to say ‘yeh ghar ka gau hai'. It's sad that he and Mrinalini Mukherjee passed away in the same year. I can't think of the Delhi art scene without them," says art writer S Kalidas.

Father MF Husain’s death in 2011 left a deep impact on Shamshad, says photographer and activist Ram Rahman, who is close to the family.

“He was one of his favourites and very sensitive,” says Rahman, who met Shamshad last month at an art exhibition marking MF Husain's 100th birth anniversary in Delhi.