When I woke up the second morning, I felt a lot more refreshed and decided to get some real culture. I planned to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art as well as the National Museum.

At the National Gallery I found out that the entry tickets were 10 Rupees for Indians and 150 rupees for foreigners. I was really miffed. And I argued with the ticket person. I said, how rude! What if we asked every Indian to pay 15 times as much for everything than locals pay? But we are not that rude! Anyway, she let me in for 10 Rupees. The National Gallery was very interesting in the way of paintings. There were many paintings of British officials, who all seemed quite pompous to me (not the paintings but the officials). Of course, they were ruling India then, and thought Indians were only marginally better than animals.

But there was a vast exhibit by a very prolific Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil. She lived from 1913-1941, so short, but left behind a large amount of work, centering on the human body. She studied art in Paris and was highly influenced by Gaugin, Matisse and Van Gogh. She was already then recognized for her art. Her paintings are worth seeing, and if you are interested, please find her work on the Internet under her name.

The second part of the Gallery, the Jaipur House across the lawn, showed an exhibit called “Untimely Calendar”. I am still trying to figure out what was actually shown. There were a lot of unkempt empty rooms with white walls with something senseless scribbled somewhere  every now and then. Must be that I am not an art connoisseur. Outside, so sorry, I had mistaken some of the art for garbage. Picture enclosed….

 

Religious lime stone carving, 1st-2nd century AD

Religious lime stone carving, 1st-2nd century AD

King Narsimha on Swing, stone carving, 13th Century AD

King Narsimha on Swing, stone carving, 13th Century AD

Huge elephant and rider, 2nd century BC.

Huge elephant and rider, 2nd century BC.

 

 

Anyway, for your pleasure I have photographed a skeleton from those times. And yes, lots of other stuff too, since photography was allowed!

 

Perfectly preserved skeleton of 4-5000 year old human

Perfectly preserved 4-5000 Harappan skeleton

 

Wonderful pieces of ancient art, sculptures, structural elements, paintings, thrones, elephants, whatever you can imagine, was displayed there. Indians do certainly have a rich culture. I will try to put some pictures together, a cross section of what I saw in the museum.

Reeling from all that input, relaxing/shopping, was in order. This time to a fabulous, beautiful, civilized and expensive shopping area, Santushti Market. It’s a gated area, with all the stores being littke wekk cared for huts/small houses. The gardening around the houses is wonderful.The first thing I bought was some wonderful aromatic Indian tea. Before I decided on it, the shop owner brewed me some tea to taste and served it in a delicate, beautiful, thin cup (with saucer, of course). After that I got into trouble and had to buy some silk garments, ……

 

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