(Last Updated on : 03/04/2012)
The city of Kolkata (previously Kolkata), has always been appealing to the aesthetically sensitive individuals, with its emphasis on the cultivation and conservation, of art and culture . This inclination towards making the growth art and culture into a regular phenomenon , was well exemplified by the plethora of centers of cultural pursuit in the city of Kolkata. This is the city of Asiatic Society, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Rabindra Bharati Museum, Nandan Cultural Institute and so on, wherein art and cultural activities receives the optimum impetus. Thus it`s no wonder, that Birla Academy of Art & Culture was established in 1966, to cement the movement for ushering an artistic world, beautifying the reality.
The great connoisseurs of art, Sri & Smt B.K. Birla, the industrial tycoons of India, adopted the initiative. This exuberant couple gathered exclusive and precious materials of art. This substantial collection is invested with a historical aura. To retain this interest in maintaining the reserves, a public Charitable Trust was founded in 1962 to ensure collection and preservation of things for public -consciousness in the museum.
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum is located at Rabindra Sarobar, in the city of Kolkata. It has a diligently organised art gallery speaking volumes for the resplendent cultural traditions and artistic endeavors prevalent in India.
Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum exhibits in a fantastic manner the meaningful modern art of India. This celebration of Indian modern art acknowledges best, innovativeness and prowess.
The outstanding painted creations of the medieval times, wood-sculptures, manuscripts of archaeological importance, textiles and ancient sculptures of India happen to be the gems of the Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum , in Kolkata . The Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum keeps on display, sculptures and manuscripts, ranging from 2nd to the 19th century AD.
The repertory of the sculptures, at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum, includes South Indian sculptures, specifically belonging to the Chola and Vijayanagara empires.
Simply splendid are the granite icons of Ganesha and Shiva as Jnana Dakshinamurti (Giver of Knowledge), pertaining to the 12th Century A.D., Chola era. Ther also remains in store a wonderful eight-armed posited Kali statue, belonging to the Vijayanagara regime.
The Rajasthani wonders involve a bust of Lord Vishnu, made of green limestone . Built of this same material , there reside in the museum , three panels representing Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna and Goddess Saraswati , amidst followers.
The Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum, inhabits a prized repository of miniature and manuscripts. The amazing treasure of manuscripts comprise of a Persian version of the Mahabharata, dated 1811; the melodious assemblage of the 19th century , harmonious Hafiz gazals , composed in the Mughal style and a photocopy of the Shabnama.
Moreover, the Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum , 13th century, preserves the significant Jain palm leaf-folios, innately linked with Bundi and Kota. An eye-soothing miniature of Krishna and an informative Urdu manuscript with illustrations on agriculture have been derived from two distinguished Sikh school.
The Rajasthani miniature-paintings project aesthetically a beautiful sequence .
The touch of refined grace is obvious in the miniature imported from Kangra . It focuses a seated couple , enveloped in shawls , gives the viewer a feel of the winter month of Magh , through the apt portraiture and mellowed hues.
The remaining multifarious items, consist of metal-casts, book-covers constructed of or enshrouded with papier-mache and gilded with silver , thereby giving a rich outlook. The grandeur of this collection is further augmented, being associated with ethnic textiles such as gorgeous jamewar shawls, Banaras brocade, Baluchari and Dacca saris and a silk-pichhwai from Rajasthan .
Terra cotta artifacts, anthropological specimens, art of national and international acclaim, add to the wealth of the exhibits, accumulated in the Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum . A distinctive achievement of the Academy has been the presentation of quite a few international exhibitions; of which the most memorable is the show of the outstanding French sculptor Rodin; a landmark exhibition for Calcutta. Other notable exhibits included the works of Henry Moore and the Graphics of Picasso. It has also hosted Russian festival shows, German Expressionists` graphics, French designs and also American, Chinese and British porcelains.
To give this artistic enterprise a greater dimension, and exposure, art exhibitions are daily affairs in this Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum . The most remarkable exhibition was of the towering achievements of the French sculptor Rodin. This was a crowning glory for the aesthetically enthusiastic Kolkata. The other eminent demonstrations were that of the renowned Henry Moore and the Graphics of Picasso. The other important exhibitions were the Russian festival shows, German Expressionists` graphics, fantastic French designs and also American, Chinese and British porcelains.
One of the most red-lettered accomplishment on the part of the Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum`s Board of Management was the airing of the much famous and talked about, American plays namely, "Once upon a Mattress" and "Driving Miss Daisy". They entered into a collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the U.S.I.S., to emerge successful in this grand venture.
The young and veiled latent potential receives their greatest opportunity of flowering , under the patronage of the liberal Academy Board of Management . The All-India yearly exhibitions, one man performance shows, group shows and kala melas are held at regular intervals to sustain the spree for providing the stairs of improvement in life and career to the budding talents. Cultural performance-shows of performing arts are also arranged for once in every month.
The Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum is sensitively empathetic towards the industrious and resourceful. Hence, it permits artists, art-societies and cultural communities to indulge in artistic programmes at the 2nd Floor Gallery and Auditorium, at a very reasonable rent-rates. a very nominal rent.
The Academy also organizes educational courses and awareness-programmes , lectures, seminars, film-shows, workshops and art-cognizance training .
The Academy accommodates a well-equipped library, full of relevant and useful, top-ranking art-books, journals and periodicals , meant for public-enlightenment.
The Birla Academy of Art & Culture Museum remains open on any day from 4.30 pm. to 7.30 pm. in the evening.
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum, Kolkata, thus embodies the praiseworthy intentions of the benevolent Birlas, to catapult art and cultural richness of India to new heights of fame and success.