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Bengal has a lively tradition of contemporary art, and with increased prosperity and speculation in fine art, galleries showing a high standard of work are burgeoning throughout the city. Exhibitions are listed in Cal Calling; besides the Academy of Fine Arts and the Ashutosh Museum, the following are worth checking out.

Aakriti Art Gallery

1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi, Hungerford St t033/2289 3027, whttp://www.aakritiartgallery.com. A well-presented modern Indian art gallery with big name exhibitions and a shop (Mon–Sat noon–7pm; free).

Bengal Gallery

Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani t033/2287 2680, whttp://www.tagorecentreiccr.org. Occasional art and craft exhibitions in this government-run, cultural establishment (Mon–Sat 10am–7pm; free).

Birla Academy of Art and Culture

108 Southern Ave t033/2466 2843, whttp://www.birlaart.com. Ancient and modern art with regular exhibitions of contemporary Indian artists (Tues–Sun 4–7pm; Rs5).

CIMA

(Centre of International Modern Art), 2nd Floor, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Ave t033/2474 8717, whttp://www.cimaartindia.com. Prestigious Ballygunge gallery, displaying work by contemporary artists (Tues–Sun 2–8pm; free).

Galerie 88

28-B Shakespeare Sarani t033/2247 2274, whttp://www.galerie88.in. Private gallery showing contemporary Indian paintings plus specialist exhibitions and some big names. Also stocks art supplies (Mon–Sat 10am–7pm; free).

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