Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Places to See in Mumbai 1

Taraporewala Aquarium is situated along the Marine Drive in Mumbai. This Aquarium houses exotic marine life and rare species of fishes and also some exquisite pearl jewellery. It is soon to be renovated into a high-tech Aquarium with a glass vision seaworld. The late Dr. Rajendra Prasad formally opened it in 1951. The aquarium has three large rooms where fish are displayed in such a manner as to highlight the attractiveness of their appearance. The large tanks have shark, octopus, kite fish and the smaller tanks display corals, worms, sea flower and sea horses. Pearls, shells and articles crafted from shells are also displayed here. There are plans to construct an underwater sea walk in Mumbai but as of right now fish enthusiasts will have to wait until that plan becomes a reality. Taraporewala Aquarium on Marine Drive, Mumbai has a good collection of sea and fresh water fish and other marine life. There is a proposal to convert this into an underwater oceanarium, where people can undertake an undersea walk, surrounded by marine life.

A prime art gallery in the city of Mumbai - Jehangir Art Gallery caters to the artistic tastes of people. This is situated behind the museum and has four exhibition halls. Facing Elphistone College and adjacent to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery situated at Kala Ghoda is the most prestigious and modern venue for Indian artists. It was built in the year 1952. Managed by the Bombay Art Society, the entire cost of this beautiful mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. This gallery is one of the city's most highly visible art galleries and having to exhibit a work of art here is a great treat for artists. The unending list of applicants to have their work put up on the walls of this gallery speak for itself of the great importance and the media attention one attracts. Some might have to wait a couple of years to have their work put up here.

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On all Days Timings: 1100 Hrs. to 1900 Hrs. It is the uncrowned Mecca of Art in Mumbai City. It was built as a part of the grant given to Bombay University. This gallery displays changing exhibits by well-known Indian artists. There's plenty of art to be seen outside as well, as the plaza in front of the building is full of artists offering their works for sale and their talents for commission assignments.

The Structure
In 1911 with a donation of Rs. 400,000 given by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, George Wittet built the Jehangir Hall, originally a part of the Institute Of Science. In 1996, the hall was converted to a museum of modern art, with 20,000 square feet of exhibition area at a cost of Rs. 33,000,000. As a protected heritage structure, the external appearance of the building is not allowed to change; nor can structural alterations be made; in addition, changes are required to be reversible. Romi Khosla, the architect, erected new walls two feet inside the original, and laid a new marble flooring over the original black stone. The interior was completely restructured into four split-level galleries, a room for seminars and audio-visual presentations, and spaces for a bookshop and a cafe. The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Delhi, administers the new museum. A section of the museum holds a permanent collection from the NGMA's possessions. Temporary exhibitions take up the rest of the space.

One of India's finest architects J.M.Kadri designed this beautiful landmark building which houses Nehru Planetarium. Nehru Centre of Science is also located here. 8 Kms. from the city centre is located a centre telling about the universe. It unfolds the mysteries of the cosmos. They also screen regular film shows on the outer space, which are of particular interest for children. Close by is the Nehru Science centre, which is a science park, and permanent exhibits on intricacies of life. The antique models of Railway engines, aeroplanes, tramcar and steam lorry are exciting to see. Nehru Planetarium is the only astronomical centre in Mumbai, which is also a concert cum movie auditorium. This is the place, recreating the image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth at any time. It exhibits collections of lunar and astronomical photographs.

The Structure
Nehru Planetarium is a large domed building, popular with the city's amateur astronomers. Inside, various cubicles estimate your weight on each of the nine planets of the Solar System while in the domed interior; daily shows uncover the timeless mysteries of the cosmos.

Information for tourists
This place is usually packed with school children so make sure you buy your ticket in advance. Adjacent to the planetarium is the Nehru Centre, venue of numerous international trade fairs and local exhibitions. In the basement, the Nehru Auditorium usually boasts classical music and dance recitals, concerts and plays. This planetarium is part of the Nehru Centre complex and an excellent place to bring children for educational programs. It holds regular audio-visual shows on astronomy. The Nehru Science Museum, also part of the complex, is an interesting experience as well. Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the memory of her late father and India's first Prime Minister, Jawarharlal Nehru inaugurated the Nehru Planetarium. Rated as one of the best in the country, this planetarium increases the scientific curiosity of a visitor. It is a popular place of interest amongst students. The planetarium recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth, at any time, past, present or future. In the auditorium, a breathtaking 'Sky Show' captures the very essence of our outer space. Two hundred projectors are simultaneously trained onto a hemispherical ceiling made of aluminum, giving a realistic effect. The hemispherical ceiling is actually the dome that can be viewed from outside the building.

It is situated in Worli.

1 comment:

Suhas B. said...

One of India's finest architects I.M.Kadri Not J. M. Kadri