National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

9 AM to 7PM - Feb 19, 2017
January 19, 2015 / Gitika Saksena

National Gallery of Modern Art
Manikyavelu Mansion
49, Palace Road,
Bengaluru – 560052

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), located at 49, Palace Road in Bengaluru opened to the public about five years ago. The heritage building has a display space of 1551 square meters, while the new gallery block adds up to 1260 square meters. The collection at NGMA includes paintings, sculptures, graphic prints and examples of early photography in India amongst others.

Walking inside, you cannot help wishing that the rest of Bengaluru city had been designed and built in a similar manner, effortlessly blending in modern functionality with the elegance of the past. Spread over three and a half acres, the campus is designed around the majestic Manikyavelu Mansion, once the inheritance of Raja Manikayavelu Mudaliar, a royal from Mysore. A much newer building, the gallery block, has been added; contemporary but designed in line with the style and aesthetics of the heritage mansion. It fits in beautifully.



And then of course, giving the place a defining character, are its several many trees. Trees which have seen people, history and time go by. You will meet a bunch of Ashokas and a couple of Sandalwoods. You will notice the rain trees, their canopy-like branches protecting the secrets beneath. You will be drawn to the secluded Banyan – meditating in a quiet corner which it claims as its own.


The wind will whisper out as you pass through the Silver Oak, the Fern Leaf and the Wavy Leaved Fig Tree. And you may just even partake in a game of I-Spy while you go about spotting the Tamarind, Mango, Woody Apple, Jackfruit and Indian Blackberry trees.


It is no surprise then, that we chose this serene place as a venue for Neralu – the Bengaluru Tree Festival! It will be in the spotlight on 7th and 8th February 2015, as it hosts talks, performances, workshops, art installations, tree appreciation walks et al.


Here are some of the activities the NGMA will host during Neralu —

  1. Talks
  2. Tree Walks
  3. Photography Display
  4. Live Art Installations
  5. Nature Journaling Workshops for Children
  6. Dance Performance – Padme & Float
  7. Art and Design Workshops
  8. Storytelling
  9. Taxonomy and Tree Identification Workshops