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If at all there was a ‘Jewel in the crown’ contest, as far as Jaipur is concerned, the Albert Hall would run away with all the honors. This hall still manifests British influences in terms of architecture, which incidentally, is a rare occurrence in a city replete with Rajputana designs. Built in the late nineteenth century to welcome the erstwhile Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, it was actually envisaged as a town hall, but was converted into a museum by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. Today, however, one can be audience to a mix bag of exhibits that range from pottery, sculptures, musical instruments, weapons and scriptures. Look out for the Egyptian mummy that is on display on the ground floor. Not only the exhibitions, but even the paintings adorning the walls of the entrance, the miniature fountain in the main veranda and the delicate marble work, speak of class and elegance that by far remains unmatched for its old world elegance. With so much of history behind each carefully picked exhibit, it is best advised to get a guide to take you around, or perhaps opt for an audio guide that is available at the ticket counter in more than five different languages.
Thakur Dushyant Singh and Thakurani Usha Singh, heirs to the Naila family, share a common and undying passion for art. These Fine Arts graduates from the prominent MS University of Baroda are well-established artists and channelize their ideas towards promoting art on a broader platform. Their efforts are reflected in the Naila Art Gallery situated in the mystic ambiance surrounding the Naila Bagh Palace. Showcased along with their own artworks, are masterpieces and frameworks by known artists and upcoming talents. The displayed collection features fine art, abstract and contemporary art. This gallery welcomes in-house guests as well as visitors. Needless to say, this is a veritable haven for art lovers!
The Kalaneri Art Gallery which was started in 2009 is a spacious property with two closed galleries and one open-air gallery. It caters to Modern and Contemporary artists in and outside Rajasthan. This art gallery has been a part of the Forhex Fair 2010 & 2013 and Indian Art Festival, Mumbai 2011, 12 & 13. Kalaneri has had the privilege of being awarded the Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award 2013-15 and Quality Brands India Award 2013-17.
Gyan Gallery was built to honor the late Shri Gyan Chand Dhaddha. All the priceless objects that one sees are collected by Gyan Chand Dhaddha himself. Items like Mughal rugs that showcase an entire hunting scene, gemstones, silver hukkas, paintings of 19th century and older and very rare inscriptions all can be found in this gallery. One can also get a glimpse of his personal belongings in this very gallery.
Established in 2003 by artist Nidhi Bandil Agarwal, Nidhi Art Gallery showcases the works of a number of established as well as emerging Indian artists. With an impressive array of abstract, semi-abstract, surreal, figurative, landscapes, portraits, graphic and historical art available in all medium, surface and sizes, Nidhi Art Gallery caters to every artist and every art lover. The gallery holds regular shows and exhibitions to display artists' work. For more details on the artists and the art available for purchase, do visit the site.