While Kolkata is a metropolis on its own, its heart beats for art. Over the years, the world has witnessed unprecedented rise of hundreds of scholars, painters, film makers, authors, etc. from this particular part of India. Be it the first Nobel Prize for the Indian subcontinent secured by Rabindranath Tagore, or the Lifetime Achievement Oscar for Satyajit Ray, the people of Kolkata has a lot of boast about.
If you are a connoisseur of art, these top places in the cultural capital of the nation might be your best bet to find what you seek.
CIMA Art Gallery
The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) is the first place to visit when you are in Kolkata, looking to explore some flamboyant art pieces from across the country and beyond. Established in 1993, the gallery was modeled under the supervision of the leading art museums in Paris, New York, and London. In the span of CIMA’s existence of over 2 decades, the gallery has organized over hundreds of exhibitions. A huge chunk of those have been acclaimed widely by the international art institutions.
The Asiatic Society
You cannot ignore the immense pool of knowledge and history that are safely kept inside the walls of this ancient centre of culture and art. With a collection of 1, 30,786 books, 1, 09,436 journals and 48,455 microfiches, the Asiatic Society is truly a global site for history lovers. The society was formed in 1784 and spread across an area of 15, 071 Sq ft. You may find ancient manuscripts that can be traced back as old as 7th century. One of the most sought manuscript is the copy of Padshahnama; the visual representation that documents the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, with a signature of the ruler himself.
The Academy of Fine Arts
When first built in 1933, the Academy of Fine Arts was located in a rented room that was originally owned by the Indian Museum. Later, in 1950, the academy makes a move to its present location. The current building hosts a wide collection of master paintings and other forms of art, contributed by the top artists of the country. Adjacent to the gallery, a theatre auditorium is also located that hosts a number of plays throughout the week. In case you have an unquenchable thirst for high quality artworks, paying a visit to the academy might fulfill your appetite.