National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore

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National Gallery of Modern Art (Bangalore)
Established18 February 2009 (2009-02-18)
Coordinates12°59′23″N 77°35′17″E / 12.989705°N 77.588150°E / 12.989705; 77.588150
TypeArt Gallery
CollectionsPainting of renowned Indian artists.
Collection size500
OwnerGovernment of India
Nearest car parkOn site (no charge)

National Gallery of Modern Art is an art gallery in Bangalore. It was inaugurated in the year 2009. It showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists.[1] Equipped with an auditorium, a public art reference library, a cafeteria, and a museum shop cum facilitation block, the NGMA Bengaluru looks ahead to becoming a hub of art activities and a major cultural centre at Bengaluru. The gallery organizes and hosts talks on art and culture by eminent speakers, seminars, film screenings as well as workshops and guided walks throughout the year.[2]


The National Gallery of Modern Art

The gallery was being refurbished in 2006 to open as the third site of NGMA. This follows a prolonged period of development and controversy.[3] The sprawling, 100 year old Manikyavelu Mansion once belonged to Vilum Manickavelu Mudaliar the, a Yuvaraja of Mysore. Mudalier was not born into aristocracy, but rather married into it. He became a successful business owner after leasing several manganese and chrome mines on lease. According to the documents in the NGMA archives, the building was bought by Mudalier early on in his career. The archivists at the NGMA are certain that Mudalier and his family lived in the mansion for quite some years. However, due to financial problems, the house was put on auction and was acquired by the City Improvement Trust, currently the BDA, and then transferred to the Housing Board in the 1960s. In 2000, the Ministry of Kannada and culture sub-leased the mansion to the Ministry of Culture. It became the chosen location for the southern centre the NGMA.[4] Restoration began in 2003, and opened on 18 February 2009 under the curatorial ship of Sobha Nambisan.[5]


In Bangalore, it is functional in Manikyavelu mansion on Palace road, on a walkable distance from Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The 3.5 acres is a green oasis within the city of Bengaluru.[6]


Route guide to NGMA Bengaluru complex from MG Road, Metro Station:

  • Head towards Anil Kumble Circle and take right on Queen's Road to find Chinnaswamy Stadium on your right.
  • Continue straight ahead and follow the bend (Metro Construction) to find the General Post Office to your left and move straight ahead crossing the signal.
  • Continue ahead on Rajbhavan Road and keep straight to reach traffic signal with Chalukya Hotel in front of you.
  • Take right at the signal and proceed further (Sophia's High School to your left) and continue to cross the round about at Balabruhi Guest House.
  • Head straight ahead on Palace Road to find NGMA Bengaluru on the left side between the Anjaneya Temple and Petrol Bunk[2]


NGMA Bangalore currently houses approximately 500 exhibits that are spread across a corridor, tiny rooms and large spacious halls that span two floors. You could cover this in between 1 and 2 hours. The exhibits have been displayed - classified into broad categories - according to different time periods, art schools and by artists. One can see paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, the Tagore brothers and Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. The NGMA boasts a unique blend of modern, post-modern and traditional art work that charts the trajectory of modernism in the Indian art world. It hosts art work from the 18th Century to present day. Sculptures by the likes of S. Dhanpal and Kanayi Kunhiraman as well as artworks by Arpita Singh and Anjolie Ela Menon are a part of the extensive collection.[6] The display includes Indian miniatures, colonial artists, Bengal School and post-independence artists which led to the birth of modern and post-modern art of today. In addition to permanent display of the paintings and sculptures, this NGMA also showcases national and international exhibitions regularly.[2]

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  1. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (11 December 2017). "How Bengaluru's National Gallery of Modern Art has become a cultural hotspot". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi". Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Whose gallery is it, anyway?". The Hindu. 18 August 2002.
  4. ^ "Mansion's Forgotten its Manikyavelu". Bangalore First. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (11 December 2017). "How Bengaluru's National Gallery of Modern Art has become a cultural hotspot". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Take A Visual Trip Through Over 500 Pieces Of Modern Indian Art At NGMA Bangalore | LBB". LBB, Bangalore. Retrieved 11 September 2019.