Centre for Cultural Studies and Research
South of Samne Ghat
Jnana-Pravaha Museum, also known as Kala Mandap is located at Jnana-Pravaha, Centre for Cultural Studies and Research in Varanasi. The museum is on the second floor of the main building and the library is on the first floor. It was inaugurated in 1999 by Sri Suresh Neotia, who also donated his personal collection of paintings and artefacts to the museum.
It houses a sizable collection of paintings, stone sculptures, old coins, terracotta sculptures, Persian and Indian textiles, copper plates, decorative art objects, paper prints, pottery, musical instruments, etc. It also houses a rare collection of Pala, Mughal, Rajasthani and Pahadi style miniatures.
Some interesting displays in the museum include a dated copper plate of King Harshavardhana, gold coins of kings Kanishka and Chandragupta-I, and the remains that were found during excavation at Ramnagar (8th century BCE), Varanasi.