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“Kriti is a gem in India, an inspring place!”
Review of Kriti Gallery

Kriti Gallery
Ranked #23 of 98 things to do in Varanasi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The gallery is closed for summer break. Currently there is no exhibition. If you are interested in seeing the Gallery collection please arrange for prior appointment.
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Kriti is a gem in India, an inspring place!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Kriti gallery is such an inspiring place!
Exhibition openings at the gallery bring an International crowd together - both local and foreign, who share an interest in art. The gallery promotes a strong sense of community, which is evident when you find a group of local young art students engaging with the work and interacting with viewers that range from visiting North American or European artists, to local experts on Banaras heritage, Literarutre and other fields. Introductions lead to people exchanging contact information with wishes to collaborate. This is what Kriti Gallery inspires - collaboration between people across the street from one other and around the world.
Warm samosas (!) in the quiet garden are also a treat during winter exhibition nights and inspire conversation to flow and ideas to be exchanged beyond gallery walls.

The unique Kriti environment is created by Navneet Raman and Petra Manefeld, who run Kriti's gallery and artist residency program. They are the most welcoming, enthusiastic hosts who open doors for you to be able to experience the best of local craft traditions, and who not only share India's wealth of art and culture with you, but also close friends who become your best memories of India.

Navneet's happy personality and passion for art is contagious; his office is an open door and after each conversation you leave even more curious than before - anxious to discover more of India, with a deep desire to experience other parts of the world and your own home culture with the same interest, dedication and sprit.

(Don't miss seeing the beautiful work of the Banaras weavers and West Bengal-based potter Lipi stocked in the gallery store - my favorite studio visits in India thanks to Kriti!)

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Malu A
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Olten, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not only Eastern Art in Western-style gallery”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Kriti Gallery is a good place to go, if you have enough of the ghats and people who see you as a walking rupee. The beautifully clear and simple exhibitionroom of the gallery shows art from international (also Indian) artists, that mostly are inspired by India or Varanasi. The small garden around the gallery is lovely, too, with a little pond and some pieces of art, for example a wall painting near the entrance.
The visit is worth it, not only to have a look at art but also the rikshaw- or tuc-tucride from the ghats to Mahmoor Ganj (which means Mahmoor market) is enjoyable as you see lively common streets with the little stalls and every-day-life-business.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Trin K
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“A gem that binds an ancestral culture to today's society”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

The Ganges and the ghats, the spirituality, the chaos: to visitors, Varanasi can be both enthralling and overwhelming. For the ones who wish to deepen their understanding of this incredible city and see it with a different eye, Kriti Gallery is a true gem. Navneet Raman, a Varanasi native devoted to not only preserving but promoting his city's riches, has managed to create an oasis of culture hidden in the bustling street of an old residential area. In this contemporary but unpretentious gallery, visitors cam admire works from Indian as well as foreign artists, ranging from photography to contemporary miniature engravings: for example, the powerful work of Indian girls and women by American photographer Fazal Sheikh, "Ladli", or miniature paintings by Rajasthani artist Rewa Shankar Sharma. There is also a small but great selection of items to bring home: scarves by the best weavers in the world, 19th century engravings or some of the works on show. Any questions will be answered with passion and knowledge by the gallery owners.
In short: Kriti Gallery is a must-see, if only because it is a tour de force for it to exist and that in itself should be supported. A hint: to get there, if the driver doesn't know the address, tell him to go to Radio station: the gallery is on the other side of the road.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Frenchjournalist
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Windsor, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Real art and innovation”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Kriti Gallery is an exceptional artist gallery and artist residency. If you want an experience of India and her artistic guests then Kriti is the place to visit. Kriti gallery is a well balanced fusion of international artists and the creativity and authenticity of Benaras/Varanasi. Between the state of the art gallery and beautiful grounds, Kriti Gallery offers the very best of art and culture in the city. It is brimming with creative energy and is most worth the trip! Enjoy, it is impossible not too!

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Chotsani D
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Brooklyn, NY
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“For Contemporary Art Lovers, This Is THE Place in Varanasi”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

How about a world-class contemporary art gallery in the midst of an ancient city! That is what Kriti Gallery is. Varanasi has always been an important cultural center and the gallery curators continue this tradition of excellence. They run a residency program inviting artists, both Indian and international, to immerse themselves in the life and culture of Varanasi. Out of that experience outstanding works of art are created and exhibited in the gallery. Kriti gallery itself is an oasis of peace in the midst of a chaotic city, it is sparse and elegant, an ideal place to view art. A wonderful garden surrounds Kriti, further enhancing the visitor's aesthetic experience. The openings at the gallery are fun occasions, attracting a fascinating mix of artists, art-lovers and the cultural elite of Varanasi.

Visited April 2012
3 Thank pawelwoj
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