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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
  • It is an underground art gallery in ahmedabad. Designed by the Balkrishna Vithaldas.It is an open air cafe.Gud food available here.Try for sure. 
  • This place is an underground gallery with outstanding architecture. very well maintained and calm place. 
  • This is a place in university area of Ahmedabad. Not really popular with locals. some of the painting of M.F. Hussain has been kept there. else you can skip it if you dont love art. it host exhibition...  more »
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  • 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.