Birla Art Museum

Birla Art Museum of Kolkata is a state gallery depicting the traditional and cultural heritage of India as well as a permanent showcase of Indian contemporary art. It is situated at Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata.

Birla Art Museum of Kolkata was founded in 1966. Paintings of the medieval age and modern art and various archaeological remains are displayed here. Frequent exhibitions by the contemporary Indian sculptors and painters are held.

The sculptures preserved at the Birla Art Museum of Kolkata includes those marvels from 2nd to 19th century AD. South Indian sculptures are also there. Among the notable collections, there are granite images of Ganesha and Shiva as Jnana Dakshinamurti. We have from Vijayanagara a seated Kali with eight arms. From Rajasthan, there is a green limestone bust of Vishnu and three panels depicting Ganesha, Krishna and Saraswati .

The Birla Art Museum in Kolkata houses manuscripts including the Persian translation of the Mahabharata, the Hafiz gazals in the Mughal style and a copy of the Shabnama. It also has the 13th century Jain palm leaf folios. There are the Sikh school exhibits like a miniature of Krishna and an illustrated Urdu manuscript on farming. There are the miniature-paintings from Rajasthan .

Other assorted objects in the Birla Art Museum of Kolkata include metal statues, book covers, silver gilt and old textiles like jamewar shawls, Banaras brocade, Baluchar and Dacca saris and a silken Rajasthani pichhwai .

Nearby local attractions which you can visit from Birla Art Museum of Kolkata are:
  • Ramkrishana Mission Institute of Culture
  • Sarobar Stadium
  • Rabindra Sarobar
  • Lake Market
  • Japanese Buddhist Temple

Last Updated on : 23 October 2012