Chitrakoot Art Gallery is one of the oldest art galleries of Kolkata. There was no commercial space in the beginning of 1980s to display art. Then prominent artists Shyamal Dutta Roy, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharya and Amitabh Banerjee took the initiative to convert the library of the space where Chitrakoot Art Gallery exists, into a gallery displaying modern artists. All famous artists of that period obliged by having shows there. This included artists from Delhi and Mumbai as well. Laxma Goud from Hyderabad and Manjit Bawa from Delhi would use it as their staying dig also in those times. Ramkumar, Paramjit and other outside artist had shows with little response. But slowly Chitrakoot became a famous ‘ Salon ‘ where artists felt comfortable and at home. The Chitrakoot Art Gallery began as a collective space for artists of South Kolkata and was supported in its early days by a host of these artists, including Bikash Bhattacharya and Sunil Das. The gallery has exhibited work by these renowned names, and many more great Indian contemporary artists, so much so that famed painter M F Husain was a regular visitor to the gallery. Boasting a collection that rivals museums in its quality and quantity, the gallery also has a photography exhibit, an art library, a restoration department, and an art valuation consultancy.
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Address: Presidency Court,55,Gariahat Road, 2nd floor, Ballygunge Phari, Kolkata – 700019.
Phone: (+91) 9831018753, (+91) 9903016511, (+91) (33) 24618812, (+91) (33) 24756587