NGMA – Bangalore’s Favorite Modern Art Gallery

Right in the heart of the city lies a gem called NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art) that showcases the artistic ethos of the country from the early 18th century. Located within premises of the Manikyavelu Mansion at 49 Palace Road, you can find NGMA right next to Mount Carmel College, where it remains hidden from prying eyes, like an oasis in a desert.


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NGMA is home to paintings, sculptures, graphics and breath-taking samples of early photography in India that showcases the historical development of modern art in our country. Of the many portraits, pictures, miniatures and sculptures that are displayed, works of colonial artists & artists hailing from the Bengal School along with from the post-independence era are only a few examples of the kind of work that you get to experience. It you are an art enthusiast, this is the place for you to be, and all for entry fee of Rs. 10 (subject to change)!

Modern Art Paintings

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NGMA was intended to be an art gallery only. But it is soon becoming a hub for various cultural activities. Equipped with an auditorium, a public art reference library, a cafeteria and a museum shop. The gallery hosts movie screenings, seminars, workshops and guided walks through the year.

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Apart from gorgeous samples of art, you will also be enthralled by the architecture and its surroundings. A perfect blend of modern and delightfully traditional, the looming main building in white(which I think has been labelled as a heritage building of the city) is sight to behold. With large halls / rooms and winding staircases, it becomes difficult to gauge when your admiration shifts from the art to the architecture that houses the art!

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Another thing that is so very neat about this place (and this is my favourite part of NGMA) is that right in the middle (somewhere between the coffee shop and the main building) is a tiny little island (quite literally) where you can sit for hours and lose yourself with a book or a sketching pad. Surrounded by magnificent trees, shrubs, fountains and pools (and some brilliant art of course), what’s so amazing is that you would never imagine that such an island of tranquillity could exist just a few feet away from what could be one of the noisiest places in Bangalore

Open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday (except on Monday’s), The National Gallery of Modern Art is one of Bangalore’s best kept secrets and an epitome of serenity. It is definitely a must visit for people who are looking to spend a few hours of peace and quiet in the middle of crazy, hectic, everyday schedules.

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