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Monday, December 22, 2008

Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum, Kolkata - 87

Guys, this is the Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum of Kolkata. Here you can see the paintings of the medieval period as well as modern art are on display. Regular exhibitions of modern Indian sculptors and painters are also held here.

This museum is situated at Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata. Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum is a well-preserved state gallery with displays describing the artistic and cultural heritage of India and a permanent exhibition of Indian contemporary art.

This museum was demonstrated in 1966. The sculpture collection at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture dates from the 2nd to the 19th century AD. South Indian sculpture, especially from the Chola and Vijayanagara empires, are also constituted. Some other accumulations, a granite dancing of 12th century Chola images of Ganesha and Shiva as Jnana Dakshinamurti are also displayed. From Vijayanagara comes a seated Kali with all eight arms intact. Among the marvelous pieces from Rajasthan are a green limestone bust of Vishnu and three panels in the same medium showing Ganesha, Krishna and Saraswati among lovers.

The museum feature a collection of miniature and manuscripts. The pleasantly entertaining manuscripts include a 1811 Persian translation of the Mahabharata, the collection of 19th century Hafiz gazals in the Mughal style and a zerox of the Shabnama. It also houses the 13th century Jain palm leaf folios, which are related from Bundi and Kota. Two different Sikh school displays are a illumination of Krishna and an illustrated Urdu manuscript on farming. Among the miniature-paintings from Rajasthan, a lovely series on ragas, otherwise the Krishna theme are also held. An elegant miniature rom Kangra of a seated couple draped in shawls, captures the mood of Magh with its brilliant composition and subdued colours.

Other assorted objects in the museum are like metal satuettes, book covers in papier mache and silver gilt and old textiles like jamewar shawls, Banaras brocade, Baluchar and Dacca saris and a silk pichhwai from Rajasthan.

You can also visit at nearby enchanting attractions stated here. From Birla Academy, you can watch its nearby spots like Ramkrishana Mission Institute of Culture, Sarobar Stadium, Rabindra Sarobar, Lake Market and Japanese Buddhist Temple.

You can visit here from 04.30 pm to 07.00 pm. This museum is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays. For further information you can contact here:

Address : 108-109, Southern Avenue, Kolkata.

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