An Art Lover's Guide to Pune in 24 hours

An Art Lovers Guide to Pune
An Art Lovers Guide to Pune | © geralt | Pixabay
Photo of Vishal Ingole
1 March 2018

There’s so much for art lovers in Pune. The second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai, Pune has not only some of the coolest bars and restaurants and picturesque getaways, but also some unique places to find art. There’s so much to see here that 24 hours won’t be enough, but here’s what art lovers can enjoy in a day in Pune.

9-11 am: Art2Day

This is one of the best and oldest private galleries in the city, and aims to promote young and upcoming talent. The Art2Day gallery is a great place to find works by both veteran and new artists. The hall spans across a 200 sq ft hall, which provides a huge display space for all artworks. Besides art exhibitions, art lovers can also be part of craft activities, painting and photography workshops, audio-video shows, and training sessions. You can also buy art and craft products in the gallery.

11:30-1:30pm: Gyan Adab

Gyan Adab is a cultural center in Pune dedicated to the written word. There are poetry reading sessions here that you can enjoy for free, and a well-stocked library and an art gallery that displays ongoing exhibitions. Not a typical art venue, Gyan Adab is a perfect place to spend a relaxed morning over some nice poetry or a good book. Painting enthusiasts can also check out works by new and veteran artists at the gallery.

2pm: Lunch at Coffee & Bread Art Café

Not only is the decor of this cafe artistic – from the wrought iron furniture outside to the cane chairs inside – but there is a separate space dedicated to displaying art. The neat art gallery has spotlights to draw focus to the works on display. Painters, mural artists, and photographers all display their work here.

3-4pm: Monalisa Kalagram

The Monalisa Kalagram is probably most famous for hosting the annual Dastakari Bazaar, a market showcasing art, craft, and textiles from all over India. This is mainly a culture and art venue, and also has a gallery where there are documentary screenings, classical and contemporary dance performances, art and photography exhibitions and art workshops. The Kalagram is surrounded by sprawling lawns.

4-5:30pm: Tribal Museum

If you’re interested in tribal art from all over Maharashtra, the Tribal Museum on Queen’s Road is the place to go. Many of the artifacts displayed at the museum have been collected from the Sahyadri and Gondwana regions of Maharashtra. The collection of tribal objects includes jewelry, musical instruments, and black magic tools. See some spectacular art and learn more about the tribal people who mostly remain unknown to outsiders.

Tribal Museum Pune | © Sbzp | Wikimedia Commons

Evening at Malaka Spice

This is a popular restaurant in Pune and has been showcasing the works of artists for over a decade. For the last 14 years, the restaurant has displayed the works of more than 200 artists at their two outlets across the city. You can also buy quality art at a very affordable price and attend art workshops. This is a must-visit place for every art lover in Pune.

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