Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (Calcutta)

The Academy of Fine Arts, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is one of the oldest fine arts societies in India.HistoryThe academy was formally established in 1933 by Lady Ranu Mukherjee. 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. Dignitaries artist Swapnesh Chowdhury became President,and Eminent artist Shri Sudip banerjee is secretary.There are some famous paintings here like Saat bhai champa by Gaganendranath Tagore, Shiva with Ganesh by Jamini Roy.Theatre auditoriumThere 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 organised here.
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  • Academy of fine arts is a famous name of Kolkata.This is the place where organisations presents their creativity.  more »
  • Bengal has been a State where Art is nurtured by the artists. This Academy is the best destination for young artists to display their work for the visitors and tourists. Through out the year many exhi...  more »
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  • Great location, art and theatre together. Spacious galleries but needs better lighting. Posters of agitating employees mar the ambience. The museum is closed. Seen better days. The place needs professional management.
  • This place is an ideal place for the ones who feel inspired by various forms of artwork. Like, drawing, painting, theatre, dance, music, etc. One shall witness the prodigy men of artwork here with also the chances of meeting celebs that act in theatre. There are art exhibition, and something going on always. One will be able to enjoy the absolute philosophical Bengali liberals in true sense, at this place.
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