Oasis of green, in the heart of Bangalore

 

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore.

An oasis of lush green foliage right in the heart of the city; it was quite by chance, I happened to discover National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Bangalore on Palace Road.

I discovered NGMA, when I was invited for viewing a contemporary dance performance, in one of its auditoriums. It was love at first sight, with NGMA!

NGMA Bangalore; See the stone benches? An ideal place to sit, post viewing the exhibit galleries

NGMA Bangalore; See the stone benches? An ideal place to sit, post viewing the exhibit galleries

Ever since my first visit, I have gone back to NGMA many a time for an exhibition or a program.

The quaint NGMA cafe', which serves hot South Indian filter coffee, freshly-made sandwiches and numerous other snacks.

The quaint NGMA cafe’, which serves hot South Indian filter coffee, freshly-made sandwiches and numerous other snacks.

Sometimes, I have even gone there to just sit around, have a cup of steaming hot South Indian filter coffee, and listen to gurgle of water from the fountains nearby.

The large water body right next to the cafe'. Water gushes off gently from the sloping sides; makes one feel as if one is sitting next to  a gurgling stream.

The large water body right next to the cafe’. Water gushes off gently from the sloping sides; makes one feel as if one is sitting next to a gurgling stream.

I find a lot of positivity in the surroundings; I guess it is the very nature of the place. One is surrounded by art and nature.

NGMA has a permanent collection of art housed in the heritage premises of Manikyavelu Mansion. Collections and exhibits, which stay for a short period of time, are housed in a new building, which is right next to Manikyavelu Mansion.

Part of the 90 year-old Manikyavelu Mansion, which houses the permanent art exhibits of NGMA

Part of the 90 year-old Manikyavelu Mansion, which houses the permanent art exhibits of NGMA

While the permanent art collection, which houses original priceless paintings from the stalwarts of Indian art, like Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Jamini Roy and many others, are no doubt fantastic, the stately approximately 90 year-old Manikyavelu Mansion, where it is housed in, is beautiful in its grandeur.  Personally for me, the building adds to the viewing pleasure.

At one point of time, the Manikyavelu Mansion belonged to the Mysore royal family.

Another fountain inside the NGMA gardens. As soon as one enters the premises, the sound of water and the tweet of birds, is what one is welcomed by.

Another fountain inside the NGMA gardens. As soon as one enters the premises, the sound of water and the tweet of birds, is what one is welcomed by.

Even if you are some one who is not interested in art as such, I can assure you, the rambling heritage premises of the of the art gallery, set in the midst of picturesque greens and gurgling water bodies, will make the visit worthwhile. It is difficult to believe, that there is indeed such a peaceful, serene place in the middle of bustling and endlessly honking Bangalore.

If you happen to be visiting Bangalore, do take some time out to visit NGMA, the little piece of quiet heaven nestled amongst the din of the city. It will give you a different perspective about Bangalore! Just remember, it is closed on Mondays, but open rest of the days of the week.

The words of Picasso resonate with me; the reason why I love to go to NGMA ~

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

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8 Responses to Oasis of green, in the heart of Bangalore

  1. madammommy says:

    Beautiful post, Nish. Eloquent!

  2. Lovely post! Such a peaceful place. I would love to visit there!

  3. The Empress says:

    Sometimes the enthusiasm and the love one feels for an object fails to transfer across in mere words, and other times the success is spectacular to behold. Your love for this spot of heaven shines through brilliantly Nishi. I could feel the cool breeze, I could sip in the Sylvan surroundings, taste the hot cup of tea, while my eyes lazed across the fountains finding solace in droplets of calm. It is wonderful to note this oasis hides within it a treasure trove of gems, amongst which sit some by Tagore. I have never visited Bangalore, never had the need, or the desire to. Now, I plan to visit to see both its beauties – Nishi roy and NGMA. I will be here, soon, and that is a promise. If the universe consipires with me, my eyes and yours shall lock themselves in an instant over this chosen spot. Amen.

  4. Beautifully put together Nishi…loved the ambiance…:)

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