At that time, painting was genteel, and not meant to hurt; it was a part of being ‘cultured’. But pioneers such as art critic Karl Khandalawala and painters like Souza, Gaitonde, Raza and M.F. Husain changed all that. We were inspired as much by the Modern Art of the West as by the rediscovery of ancient Indian art—the sculptures of Mathura and Khajuraho.
Crore contact: M.F. Husain admires a Madhuri cutout