Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum
"The colonial style mansion of the museum was built in 1905 by Sheth Lalbhai Dalpatbhai, one of the pioneers of the textile industry in Ahmedabad, as his residence."
The main building of the museum showcases two thousand years of Indian art, through objects collected by a line of distinguished connoisseurs. Its nucleus is the art collection of the Tagore family of Bengal, which was the best and most comprehensive collection of Indian art in Calcutta at the time. It was subsequently acquired by Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai in the 1940s. Kasturbhai invited the noted scholar Dr. Pramod Chandra to document and study it in the 1960s.
The selection on display, co-curated and designed by 'Eka Archiving Services Pvt. Ltd.' and the 'National Institute of Design', with the conservation work done by S. Girikumar, reflects the eclectic nature of the collection. It seeks to balance art historical merit with personal favourites while retaining the essence of the family home. It is complemented by Atelier Dada's lighting design which adds to the subtlety of the display. The art on view ranges from paintings created in the Persian, Mughal, Deccani, Pahari and Rajasthani schools to Tibetan Thangkas to modernist paintings from the Bengal School and art in stone, metal, wood, as well as Bidri work, that cover a span of more than one thousand years. Some of the most noteworthy artworks include the 16th century Khamsa of Nizami, the 18th century Basohli painting of the Devi and the pre-independence painted postcards sent from students to their teachers in Calcutta and Santiniketan which capture the creative spirit of a nation coming into its own.
Currently, the heritage section is shown only via a pre-booked guided tour four times a day - 10 am, 12 noon, 2.30 pm and 4 pm. Visitors can call at 079-22865456/ 079-22866376 (10 am-5 pm) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a few days prior to their visit. Photography is not allowed.
Visits to the museum are free of cost. The museum is closed on Mondays. The complex also has a small amphitheater with a seating capacity of 250 that can host small performances, musical soirees, talks and discourses.
Thus with different and changing events being planned through the year, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum hopes to create a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere to draw people for a cultural treat.
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