Everybody knows that Maqbool Fida Husain (September 17, 1915-June 9, 2011) was independent India’s most celebrated artist. And we also know that he died in exile, forced there by an avalanche of court cases filed by people who objected to his depiction of Hindu deities, describing his work as offensive to Hindu sensibilities. He leaves a huge body of work­—a fair part of it memorable. His superb line-drawings and dynamic paintings are an integral part of the visual memory bank that