CPM in Kerala gave Prestigious Raja Ravi Verma Award to Artist M. F Hussain. I guess this might be in recognition for his contribution in the field of Painting. I have attached a comparison of Raja Ravi Varma and M F Hussain Painting.
Last week our NDTV Nominated M. F Hussian for Bharath Ratna Awards.
However, Apprehensive of yet another bout of angry Muslim protests, the government has said a polite 'no' to French president Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to confer the prestigious Simone de Beauvoir award on exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen during his visit here. The Simone de Beauvoir award for Taslima was announced on January 9 for her writing to defend the "rights of women".