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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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  • I have read and heard about this gallery and exhibition hall, but the reality became worse than I expected. It's not even that it is located on another shore from the historic center of Ahmedabad, and...  more »
  • Art, color and space meets. More than a decade ago this was a place to sit and read art book with a store on the same level. The name is changed now, the place still holds the old charm, with the Zen ...  more »
  • Its an underground Art gallery containing art work of an Indian well known artist Husain. It is cave like architectural structure .with dome type roof. where as in side the cave tree like pillars supp...  more »
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  • Too much hot inside. During summer. Nice place for meet up. Nice caffe outside.
  • 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
  • Best small scale public place I've ever been to. Good for recreation, evening strolls and sitting peacefully while enjoying coffee.
  • 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.
  • Nice place to talk with friends or group. This place also having Coffee Bar and Water drink facility.