Staff Reporter

They are on display at NGMA

BANGALORE: A Mangalore-based right wing organisation has written to the National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA), Bangalore Chapter, to stop displaying works of renowned artist M.F. Husain.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti claims — in a letter sent via email and fax — that Mr Husain works “are known to hurt religious sentiments” as they depict Hindu deities in a “vulgar fashion”. However, the two paintings currently on display, titled “Mother and Son”, are non-controversial as both paintings are in tribute to Mother Teresa.

In a strongly-worded letter, dated December 19, the organising secretary of the right-wing organisation says that the paintings may even lead to religious disharmony, and has demanded that the gallery stop the display immediately.

Responding to this letter, the NGMA has brought these facts to the notice of the jurisdictional High Grounds police station on Saturday. The Bangalore police have said that investigations are being conducted to trace the e-mail and the letter. Elaborate security is already in place at the centre, the police said.

When contacted, NGMA officials refused to comment on this issue.

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