Introductionof the museum
Set amongst tall trees and lush gardens, the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum complex consists of two buildings that have been painstakingly restored by renowned architect Rahul Mehrotra. The main building, a colonial house built in 1905, showcases over a thousand years of Indian art. The selection on display reflects the eclectic nature of the collection. It seeks to balance art historical merit with personal favorites, while retaining the essence of the family home. The paintings on view are from a range of traditions and styles, with paintings from the Persian, Mughal, Deccan, Pahari and Rajasthani schools, Tibetan Thangkas, Company School portraits, modernist paintings from the Bengal School, and painted postcards from pre-independent India. Art in stone, metal, wood and Bidri covers a span of more than a thousand years. In the adjacent building, the Claude Batley house, built in the 1930s, space has been created to house temporary exhibitions, retrospectives of artists and display of works by young artists. Leaving the beauty of the older building untouched and unmarred, a glass gallery, unique and distinctive has been added to create extra display space. The complex also has a small amphitheater with a seating capacity of 250 that can host small performances, musical soirees, talks and discourses. Thus with different and changing events being planned through the year, we hope to create a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere to draw people for a cultural treat.