Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

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Academy of Fine Arts
অ্যাকাডেমি অফ ফাইন আর্টস
Exhibition in Academy of Fine Arts in July 2010
Exhibition in Academy of Fine Arts in July 2010
General information
Status Active
Location Cathedral Road, Kolkata
Address 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata 700 071[1]
Opening 1933

The Academy of Fine Arts, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is one of the oldest fine arts societies in India.[2]


The academy was formally established in 1933[2][3] by Lady Ranu Mukherjee.[4] It was initially located in a room loaned by the Indian Museum, and the annual exhibitions used to take place in the adjoining verandah.

In the 1950s, thanks to the efforts of Lady Ranu Mookerjee and patronage by B.C. Roy, Chief Minister of West Bengal, as well as Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, the academy was shifted to a much larger space in the Cathedral Road, beside St. Paul’s Cathedral, the present location. Jahar Dasgupta is the President and eminent painter Asit Paul is the Vice President of Academy of Fine Arts.Mrs Bulbul roy is the Secretary of ACADEMY OF fINE ARTS.

There are some famous paintings here like Saat bhai champa by Gaganendranath Tagore, Shiva with Ganesh by Jamini Roy.[3]

Theatre auditorium[edit]

Russi Mody at the inauguration of painter Jahar Dasgupta's exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts

There is a theatre auditorium in Academy of Fine Arts which is one of the most popular spot for performers and viewers of the city. Since 1984, an annual theatre festival is organized here.[3]


  1. ^ Dilip Kumar Roy (1 January 2006). Museology: Some Cute Points. Gyan Books. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-81-7835-410-1. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Academy of Fine Arts". (website). Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Swati Mitra (2011). Kolkata: City Guide. Goodearth Publications. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-93-80262-15-4. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Academy of Fine Arts". Click India. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 22°32′35″N 88°20′43″E / 22.5429508°N 88.3453662°E / 22.5429508; 88.3453662