Bharat Kala Bhavan is located within the premises of the Benaras Hindu University Campus and showcases a number of objects dealing with arts and architecture.
Set up in the year 1920 this happens to be one of the oldest museums in Benaras. To put it simply Bharat Kala Bhavan displays India’s heritage at its best. It showcases many priceless objects which bears testimony to the richness of the nation. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore was its first honorary chairman. The credit for its development and upgradation of the museum goes to late Rai Krishnadasa who was a renowned Hindi writer. The museum is divided into different sections like Mahamana Malaviya gallery, Nicholas Roerich gallery, Chhavi or painting gallery, sculpture gallery, archeological gallery, Nidhi and decorative art gallery. This museum is one of the best preserved museums in the whole of India.
The main hall of Bharat Kala Bhavan consists of the finest of art, sculpture and painting collections. One of the figurines which is quite popular is that of Lord Krishna standing on one leg with one hand on his hip while trying to lift a heavy stone with the other hand. It has been interpreted as Lord Krishna trying to lift Mount Govardhana. A bronze image, terracotta figures and miniature Mughal paintings are among the items of special interest in the museum.
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