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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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TripAdvisor
  • Place is good and you must visit if you are in Ahmadabad. Amazing Paintings by great M.F. Hussain sir are displayed and art gallery displays other artist paintings as well. I strongly feel that this p...  more »
  • It is quite a structure, I love the idea of a space as a piece of art by itself. The markings of Hussein are quite obvious and the genius of Doshi too. The pivot door is beautiful and my favorite  more »
  • This place is average kinda for me but totally youth oriented where they can hangout but still I say one must visit this place.There is one cafe also there which serves pizza and coffee and much more....  more »
Google
  • It's okay. Little over rated place! Cafe outside the place is known as hangout place with good food. Calm place within the city! People interested in art and culture must visit since art gallery is just walking distance away!
  • Base on world famous painting Of Late M.F.Husain and beautifully Architect design by Shri B.V. Doshi saheb. New identity of Metro city Ahmedabad. Thanks so much Late Husain.
  • Excellent place for one to one informal or small groyp meetings. Nice earing and drinking options available. Self service open cafe.
  • beautiful ambiance. cafe is also very good.
  • Adorned by the works of M.F. Husain, this cavern is modern art in itself. One of a its kind. A gift to Ahmedabad from the maestro.