An ideal stopover for art connoisseurs, the Academy of Fine Arts boasts many interesting exhibits that will leave you in awe of the rich heritage of the city. This cultural hub, built in 1933, has around eight galleries for exhibiting art on the ground level, along with a museum that showcases art and artists over the ages. There are many paintings and sculptures housed here from 1900 to the present. Dance and theatre performances take place at the hall. One gallery, dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore, has an impressive display of textiles, sculptures and miniature paintings from India. There are also several paintings from the middle and modern era, including a showstopper of sorts by Jamini Roy. Also well-known are the ancient textiles displayed in the Gallery of Old Textiles. You can find exhibits of patola, dakhai, jamdani and Benarasi silk articles. Another attraction is the Carpet Gallery, where you can find mesmeric displays of Persian carpets. The Gallery of Miniature Paintings boasts 18 miniature paintings from the Ram-Sita series, while the Gallery of Contemporary Art, gives you a fascinating insight into the history of art in the city. The auditorium of the academy is a must-visit and hosts dramas, theatre and dance performances throughout the year. You can also rope in a painting and sculpting class at the Studio and Sketching Club of the academy.

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