Art Explorer: Navratna

Art Explorer: Navratna

Last Saturday we visited the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla.

The snarling Lower Parel traffic dampened our spirits a bit, however, when the museum came into view it was all forgotten. The magnificence of the museum in the evening light was breathtaking. Furthermore the stair case and intricate restored ceilings were a sight to behold.


We were there for the viewing of a very special exhibit, ‘Navratna’ or the nine gems curated by the Delhi Art Gallery.

Stepping into the exhibition space, my eyes first caught sight of the spectacular artwork by Nicholas Roerich, with the signature splashes of silica blue. National Treasure Artists was the theme which wove together all the varied artistic styles in this exhibition.

The piece-de-resistance was the sculpture of two lionesses, created by Indian Modernist Amrita Sher-Gil. This Hungarian-born artist, with an Indian lineage, studied art in Paris only to return to find her roots in her home country.


Many of the artworks were supplemented with a tactile friendly braille display, which allowed visitors to feel the subjects in the paintings with their fingers. I believe this is a great initiative for broadening the audience, and also adds a fun element for children visiting the show.

In addition, the Jamini Roy landscapes were a rare treat, which I had not seen before.

Our child was most attracted to the works of animals, which included hyenas and elephants sketched by one of the masters.

One can club this Museum visit with a tour of the Jijamata Zoo locates next to the Museum, and spend a memorable afternoon in this lovely space. Don’t forget to look for the original ‘Kala Ghoda statue in the Jijamata Zoo.

The Museum Shop stocks all of our Know Your Art kits, which can be a treat to complete your art weekend. The Navratna show is on until Nov 18, 2018.


Rishita views cities through art and shares her experiences on this blog. I hope like minded parents will find ideas and create unforgettable memories with their families.

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