Govt regrets absence of Hussain paintings in Art Summit

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New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) Amid the raging controversy over the non-inclusion of artist M F Hussain's paintings in the India Art Summit beginning here today, the Union Ministry of Culture said it was not consulted regarding the artists whose works are to be displayed at the summit.

''Hussain is one of the most prominent aritsts of the country and the absence of his works at the India Art summit will not reflect the true art scenario of the country,'' the ministry said in a statement.

It said it would be happy if all major artists and their works, including the paintings of Hussain, were displayed at such an event.

The ministry said it had recently invited the artist to become a member of the National Culture and Fund Council.

''While the ministry welcomes all attempts of creativity, it has not been consulted regarding the artists whose works are to be displayed at the India Art Summit,'' the statement said.

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