Every artist has his/her zenith moment where energy is boundless and creativity is at its peak. The painting, Lightning, was born under such auspices in the year 1975. It was a critical time in Indian politics – activists and artists alike expressed their feelings in various forms through different media. It was at this time that Husain created Lightning for a political gathering in Bombay that was lead by Indira Gandhi. The significance of the
painting is heightened not only by its sheer size or the brilliant rendering of its subject by the artist but also historically at the time it was executed and the ideologies it stands for.