M.F. Husain loved horses and fast cars. (They didn’t call the man ‘Fakir in a Ferrari’ for nothing.) So when curator and art journalist Sahar Zaman met Husain in Dubai recently, expecting an engaging, even eccentric chat, it was hardly a surprise that she was treated to a ride in a fiery red Ferrari (which he had bought a couple of years ago). “There he was, zipping down the road against his doctor’s orders, humming along, hitting the gas and gushing about how smooth the car was,” she recalls.
At 95, with a certain joie de vivre as well-known as his art (Delhi Art Gallery’s Kishore Singh calls him a “rock star”), Husain was still working on projects—one on the Arab civilisation commissioned by the Qatar royal family and another called ‘From Mohenjodaro to Manmohan Singh’.