Amdavad ni Gufa, Ahmedabad

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Amdavad ni Gufa is an underground art gallery in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by the architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, it exhibits works of the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain. The gallery represents a unique juxtaposition of architecture and art. The cave-like underground structure has a roof made of multiple interconnected domes, covered with a mosaic of tiles. On the inside, irregular tree-like columns support the domes. It was earlier known as Husain-Doshi ni Gufa.There are facilities for special painting exhibitions and for projecting films. Gardens and a café are located above ground.EtymologyThe gallery is called gufa because of its resemblance to a cave. It was known earlier as Husain-Doshi ni Gufa, after its architect, B.V. Doshi, and the artist, M.F. Husain. Later it was renamed after the city of Ahmedabad, known locally as Amdavad.DevelopmentThe structure's contemporary architecture draws on ancient and natural themes. The domes are inspired by the shells of tortoises and by soap bubbles. The mosaic tiles on the roof are similar to those found on the roofs of the Jain temples at Girnar, and the mosaic snake is from Hindu mythology. The Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora inspired Doshi to design the interior with circles and ellipses, while Husain's wall paintings are inspired by Paleolithic cave art. The interior is divided by tree trunks or columns similar to those found at Stonehenge.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Excellent architecture and very difficult construction. Must see place in Ahmedabad. Nice outdoor cafe, art museum and Vikram Sarabhai science centre on the same campus.  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    One must Visit it while having spare time. If not having than one must spare time to see it's uniqueness..Lovely Place.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    The Kunsthalle Amdavad ni Gufa is an artificial deep built vaulted Hall. The hall itself is the art. It is modern painted, but also not out of the ordinary. Here is a small restaurant.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Too much hot inside. During summer. Nice place for meet up. Nice caffe outside.
  • June 1, 2017
    Best place to explore yourself. Great coffee outside the university M f Hussain has done wall painting. and A nice place to hangout with friends.Nice place for photography
  • July 10, 2017
    Best small scale public place I've ever been to. Good for recreation, evening strolls and sitting peacefully while enjoying coffee.
  • June 22, 2017
    Pleasing environment, a cafe , a bookstore, an art gallery nearby , also the B.V doshi Gufa is something amazing stuff!! Unique in its own way.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice place to talk with friends or group. This place also having Coffee Bar and Water drink facility.

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