statesman news service
Kolkata, 14 November
Laying the foundation stone for the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA) in Rajarat, chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee, today gave concrete shape to her  vision of establishing the city as the cultural capital of India.
The Kolkata Museum of Modern Art is expected to be the largest art gallery of Asia and will provide an umbrella to myriad art forms under one roof.
KMOMA’s focus would be on modern India art from the late 18th century to  contemporary times.
Mr B. M Khaitan, chairman, KMOMA, said " Calcutta has always been the cultural capital of the country and to retain its pre-eminent position in art and culture we decided to provide the required infrastructure for our artists. This is the culmination of that dream "
 Visitors to the museum will get a holistic experience of different art forms.  A series of workshops, talks, seminars and research projects to promote  music, dance, theatre and  cinema apart are on the anvil.
"Photography and new media will be accorded the same status as traditional art practices of urban centres, and we will make sure that folk and tribal art is given its due recognition" said Rakhi Sircar, the managing Trustee of KMOMA.
The art centre will comprise 10 floors, spread over 5.5 lakh square feet with 44 galleries for Indian and international art. It will include a restoration laboratory and a multi- media archive.
The cultural hub will have an amphitheatre, auditorium and retail space.