• Padmja Sopori

State of the Art

India is a charming country of rich architectural beauty, culture, traditions and historical past. Being ornamented with historical monuments, it has a majestic past of Mughals and British that speak of the history. In each destination of India, travelers can come across a museum that displays the magnificent past of the region. And no tour to India is complete without paying a visit to a museum of the city that reflects the culture and history of ancient India in a most beautiful way. Hobbyist World takes a look at some of the most popular museums and art galleries in the country. National Museum

One of the largest museums of India, the National Museum has diverse articles from the magnificent ancient era. It was constructed in 1949 on the corner of Janpath in the lively city of Delhi. It is the best place to visit as one gets to know about the luxury coaches of trains, which were a long time back used by the great kings. It houses a variety of collections that include jewellery, paintings, armours, decorative arts and manuscripts. There is also a Buddhist section where one can find the head of a Buddha statue, and Buddha Stupa having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in 3rd century BCE by Sovereign Ashoka. Academy of Fine Arts

Established in 1933, the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata is one of the most significant art galleries in India. Various famous paintings by eminent Indian and foreign artists are displayed here. Some of the famous paintings include 'Girl with a pitcher' and 'A Winter's Evening' by Rabindra Nath Tagore. Works of artists like Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose, M.F.Hussain, etc, are also showcased at the academy. Government Museum

Also hailed as Madras Museum, Government Museum is positioned in Egmore, which is among the busiest spots of Chennai. It was established in 1851 and exhibits different varieties of geology, zoology and anthropology and botany. The museum has excellent sections showcasing the main south Indian times encompassing, Chalukyas, Chola and Vijaynagar. There are separate sections for children also. Moreover, one can have a glimpse at the different collection of books from yesteryear at the well-stocked library. Jehangir Art Gallery

Established in 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai is owned by a private organization and has paintings of almost all famous Indian artists from Jamini Roy to Arpita Singh. Artists from India and abroad line up to get their work exhibited at this gallery. It is a must-visit for art lovers as you will get to see some of the finest art creations of the world at this gallery. Virasat-e-Khalsa

Located in Sri Anandpur Sahib, Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum showcases the rich cultural heritage and history of Sikhs. The stunning complex has been designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, who drew inspiration from the historic buildings such as the Golden Temple, the Anandgarh Fort, and the Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib. Other than its fascinating interactive exhibits, this visitor-friendly museum itself is an awe-inspiring work of art – it houses one of the largest hand-painted murals in the world, depicting the past and the present of Punjab. With 10 million visitors over the past five years, it has become the most visited museum in India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum

Positioned in proximity to the Gateway of India, Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai was erected in the starting of the 20th century. It comprises of three main sections such as the archaeology section, natural history section and art section. Each section shows a variety of work of arts dating back to the Gupta and Chalukyas era. National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi is an initiative by the government of India. Established in 1954, the gallery features a collection of over 14,000 paintings by artists from India and abroad. Paintings in this wide assortment include works of Raja Ravi Varma, Tagore brothers, Jamini Roy etc. It is one of the finest Art Galleries in India.

Pukhauti Muktangan, Raipur

With a very indigenous name, which translates to ‘free and open courtyard of our ancestors, this newly developed museum-cum-culture park combines the native ethos of Chattisgarh with modern design sensibilities. With murals by award-winning artists, gardens adorned by tribal art installations, and iron gates that tell long-forgotten local stories, this beautiful museum brings together the past and present of Chhattisgarh’s art forms in one place.

Aakriti Art Gallery

Aakriti Art gallery has evolved as one of the prominent modern Art Galleries in India. The gallery operates from two centres, one in Kolkata and one in New Delhi. Traditional paintings, sculptures, printmaking, video art and installations are on display here. Art lovers have the option to buy modern and contemporary art paintings from an online art shop too. The gallery has reinforced the Gen-next exhibitions which deliver modern art and reaches to the young crowd of India.

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

An ancient museum that displays the decorative arts collection of the 19th century, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum was opened for the public on May 2, 1872, and that time it was known as Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibits at this museum are gratifying and give a reflection of life in Mumbai in the Nineteenth century. Some of the collections include historical photographs, clay models, maps and costumes.