On my second day at Mumbai I got up at 6 in the morning had a walk in the garden in front of the hotel enjoying the cool morning air. I met some guests staying at the hotel and exchanged a few
words with them. My friend called me up and said that he would take me to National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai, which is a
must visit place in Mumbai. I was reluctant to go as I had already visited an art gallery yesterday and was in no mood to visit another. Anyway, I accompanied him and to my surprise, I thoroughly
enjoyed the visit.
It is located opposite to Prince of Wales Museum at Mahatma Gandhi Road in Fort Mumbai and is open on all days except on Mondays. The visiting time is from 10 am to 5 pm. We took a taxi to reach the place at 10.30. We had to pay an entry fee of Rs.10 to get inside. It has five galleries, an auditorium, a lecture hall, library and office. It also had a rare collection of works by eminent artists like RabindranathTagore, Raja Ravi Varms, Pablo Picasso, M.F. Hussain, Gaganendranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-gil, Thomas Daniel, Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose and many more.
We were told that in the past it was a concert hall where meetings and other activities were held. Later in 1954 it was turned into an art gallery. It was in 1996 that National Gallery Of Modern Art was established after undergoing 12 years of renovation.
A lot of exhibitions are held here including those of famous foreign artists. Cultural exchange programs are also conducted here. After the tour of National Gallery Of Modern Art Mumbai I came back thinking why I didn’t visit the place earlier. I have plans to visit the place again and have a closer look at those works. Historical places and Museums are sure to enlighten everyone and apply the techniques to make the modern world a better place to be!