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