The city of Ahmedabad in India’s western state of Gujarat is famously known to be the city where Mahatma Gandhi centred his struggle for India’s freedom. Now India’s sixth largest city, Ahmedabad has grown to become a vibrant commercial hub with an exciting cultural offer.
However, as host to the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad is perceived to be a city of design excellence rather than of artistic merit; neighbouring city Baroda (also known Vadodara), as home to the Maharaja Sayajirao University School of Fine Art (MSU), is more commonly associated with the arts. I visited both. Hearing that Gujarat has the highest number of cultural venues in India — leading to the moniker ’Jewel of the West’ – I was assured that those who take the time to explore will be rewarded with one-of-a-kind spaces and unique creative projects.
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