Mumbai is many things to many people. Tourists come here for a ton of different reasons, primarily for business, religion and to see the Bollywood Film City. Another group of people that will definitely enjoy a visit to the city are the artists. One of the main city attractions is Jehangir Art Gallery, located at Kala Ghoda in Mumbai. It is a well-loved art destination since 1952. It was donated by Cawasji Jehangir and now managed by the Bombay Art Society. ‘Bombay’ is Mumbai’s old name.
Jehangir is definitely one of the most popular galleries in the capital of the state of Maharashtra, not only for the amazing artworks in display but also because the gallery itself is a beautiful mansion. It was designed by the well-known G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta and Associates. In the early 1950’s, this gallery-mansion was one of the only few concrete structures in India. The gallery’s location is also pretty amazing since it is just behind the Prince of Wales Museum near the popular Gateway of India.
This modern and prestigious art gallery is housed in India’s most important city. It has four exhibition halls to accommodate a number of artworks created by the country’s leading modern artists. The problem for artists, however, is that there are so many competing to have their art pieces displayed in Jehangir that one may have to wait for a couple of years to have their work on exhibit. Getting on display is definitely worth it, though, since the art gallery gets plenty of media attention and coverage.
The gallery was designed to also serve as an auditorium, although the idea of a gallery-cum-auditorium doesn’t make much sense today. The façade is very distinct for its relief stone cladding. There is also a café to entertain visitors, and it is not just any café. Within the famous art gallery is the equally popular Samovar café, which reflects the uniqueness of the 70’s cultural era. The gallery is also home to the country’s oldest antique dealers, the Natesans.
Mumbai is the rightful home of the Jehangir art mansion since it is India’s most glamorous and most modern city. It has the fastest growing economy in India, since the leading financial institutions in the country are found here. With an amazing nightlife, Mumbai is as alive in the evening as it is during the day. The city atmosphere is one of high fashion and global prestige, and it helps a lot that the Bollywood Hindi film industry is found here, too. Bollywood is bigger than Hollywood in the number of blockbuster films produced in a year, which means the Bollywood superstars are as wealthy and privileged as Hollywood stars. Bollywood Film City is quite prestigious, too, as it is highly exclusive.
Jehangir Art Gallery is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is absolutely free. In addition to Jehangir, the other leading city attractions are the National Gallery of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Taraporewala Aquarium, Nehru Planetarium, Chor Bazaar, Crawford Market, Essel World, Siddhivinayak Temple, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach and Juhu Beach.