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Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum

Birla Industrial Museum, Kolkata
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» Timing- 4.30 P.M. To 7.00 P.M.
Closed on Monday
» Address - 108-109, Southern Avenue, Kolkata
» Display Objects - Paintings of the medieval period, modern art and some archaelogical manuscripts, wood carvings, textiles, terracottas, Indian and International modern art. specemens, anthropology, ancient Indian sculputures, miniature paintings,

Located at Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum is a well-maintained state gallery with exhibits depicting the artistic and cultural heritage of India and a permanent exhibition of Indian contemporary art.

About Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum
Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum was established in 1966. Paintings of the mediaeval period as well as modern art and some archaeological specimens are on display. Regular exhibitions of modern Indian sculptors and painters are also held.

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 represented. Another collections, a granite dancing of 12 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 marvellous pieces from Rajasthan are a green limestone bust of Vishnu and three panels in the same medium showing Ganesha, Krishna and Saraswati among devotees.

The museum boast a collection of miniature and manuscripts. The amusing 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 exhibits are a miniature of Krishna and an illustrated Urdu manuscript on farming. Among the miniature-paintings from Rajasthan, a lovely series on ragas, otherwise the Krishna theme iredominates 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 miscellaneous 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.

Nearby enchanting attractions
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.

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