K Venkatappa Art Gallery - Bangalore Tourist spots

In this post , we cover one of the popular painting galleries of Bangalore , Venkatappa Art gallery ,  in the heart of the city in Cubbon park campus , next to Government Museum and Sir. M. Vishweshwaraya museum.

Sri K.Venkatappa was a great artist , born in 1886 at Mysore. He studied fine arts at Chamarajendra Technical Institute , Mysore between 1902 to 1908 and later advanced study in fine arts and crafts , Calcutta under the guidance of Percy Brown and Abhanindranath Tagore from 1909 to 1916. He  learnt playing the musical instrument Veene under the guidance of Veene Sheshanna and his disciple , Sri Ramaswamy Iyengar . He was well versed in Plaster of Paris relief works . His depiction of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar on Ivory , Decoration of Mysore Ambavilas Durbar Hall , landscape paintings of Ooty and Kodaikanal in different moods and seasons are classic by themselves in that class of art. He was also an expert in line drawing.

Since K Venkatappa was a court artist during the reign of Mysore maharajas , erstwhile Government of Karnataka started an Art gallery in his name for exhibiting his works.Foundation for this gallery was laid in 1967 by then Honorable CM Sri.S.Nijalingappa . Later on gallery was inaugurated by former CM Dr.Noorulla Hussain in 1975.

Gallery has total 3 floors dedicated for painting artists. Ground floor is dedicated for Venkatappa's paintings and carvings on Plaster of Paris. Second floor is open for exhibitions where artists around the country display their works , third floor is dedicated to works of another prominent artist Sri K.K.Hebbar.

There is a minimal entree fee of Rs.4 to Government Museum and this gallery. Visitors may get a glimpse of the art work during the early and mid 19th century. There is ample space for parking , refreshments and other must visit spots near by. Gallery is open between morning 10 AM to evening 5 PM on all days except on government holidays.

UB city view from Venkatappa gallery

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