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The Academy of Fine Arts, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is one of the oldest fine arts societies in India.[2]

Academy of Fine Arts
General information
LocationCathedral Road, Kolkata
Address2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata 700 071[1]
Entrance of Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata



The academy was formally established in 1933[2][3] by Lady Ranu Mukherjee.[4] It was initially located in a room loaned by the Indian Museum, and the annual exhibitions used to take place in the adjoining verandah.

In the 1950s, thanks to the efforts of Lady Ranu Mookerjee and patronage by B.C. Roy, Chief Minister of West Bengal, as well as Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, the academy was shifted to a much larger space in the Cathedral Road, beside St. Paul’s Cathedral, the present location. At present Mr. Prasun Mukherjee is the chairman of board of trustees and Mr. Kallol Bose is the Jt. secretary of executive committee.

There are some famous paintings here like Saat Bhai Champa by Gaganendranath Tagore, Shiva with Ganesh by Jamini Roy.[3]

Theatre auditoriumEdit

Russi Mody at the inauguration of painter Jahar Dasgupta's exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts

There is a theatre auditorium in Academy of Fine Arts which is one of the most popular spots for performers and viewers of the city. Since 1984, an annual theatre festival is organised here.[3]


  1. ^ Dilip Kumar Roy (1 January 2006). Museology: Some Cute Points. Gyan Books. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-81-7835-410-1. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Academy of Fine Arts". (website). Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Swati Mitra (2011). Kolkata: City Guide. Goodearth Publications. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-93-80262-15-4. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Academy of Fine Arts". Click India. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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