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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  • One of those places that uniquely defines Ahmedabad and the importance it has for artisans in the past. The architecture is very interesting and the place continuously has some exhibition being displa...  more »
  • The actual cave (gufa) is quite beautifully painted by the Late MF Hussain. Good photo ops and very peaceful if you skip the crowds. I was told they have events in there too. The neighbouring art gall...  more »
  • This is good place for sketch lovers. You can also enoy doshi paintings. it is valuable from architectureal point of view.  more »
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  • Crown jewel of Ahmedabad. Best place to hangout with friends. Must visit for artists and architects. The peaceful atmosphere and dynamic sitting arrangement make it easy to also go there and study or work, or also meetup friends and business partners. The Gufa itself is nice but not magnificent. The art library adjacent to it contains good collection of of paintings. The nearby restaurant has good choices of snacks, albeit a bit costly.
  • A very different concept of construction. The gufa itself is very eclectic. Nice place to just sit and lose oneself. Expensive restaurant. Book shop gives good discounts.
  • Place is awesome for refreshment and for light eatery there is a wonderful art gallery (painting) of Indian painter's about 15 to 20 paintings which are mind blowing I prefer u must visit once u will love this place..... Enjoy and stay tuned
  • The place is very good. Atmosphere and environment of that place is always to be creative. To get peace of mind in centre of the city this is the best place.
  • Youth can meet each other and try to become unity.. great place for the youth for coffee meeting..it is also like by lover ..here crowd are always shown...great place to gossaps with friends ..Nice location for collegian. This is place which are liked at first view. Nice atmosphere at evening time . Never you feel boring at this place. After spending some times you forget your all worry.. .#fun #enjoy #love #masti

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