674, 45th Cross Road, 3rd Block, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru Bengaluru Urban 560010
Rumale Art House is an art gallery located about 0.80 kilometers away from the Srirampuram railway station.
It is a small but well-curated art gallery that is dedicated to the work of Rumale Chennabasaviah, a celebrated painter of Bangalore's landscape and botanical diversity of trees.
The gallery is located in a nondescript lane in Rajaji Nagar and was founded by Sanjay Kabe, the son of Rumale's close friend. The space is currently undergoing a major revamp, but it is already home to over 120 of Rumale's works.
Rumale was a unique artist in that he captured the essence of Old Bangalore through his paintings. His bold, tactile strokes and use of vibrant colors made his work instantly recognizable. He was also fascinated by nature, and his paintings often feature lush greenery and towering trees.
One of Rumale's most famous paintings is "Kudalasangama," which depicts an important pilgrimage site for Lingayats. He also painted different sites in Bengaluru, such as Cubbon Park, Karnataka High Court, and Vidhana Soudha, all of which are surrounded by nature.
Rumale's last painting was completed on January 27, 1988, at the RBI in Sadashivnagar. The next day, he went to Lal Bagh to study a flower in bloom. As he was boarding an auto to get back home, his auto was hit by a speeding bus. He succumbed to his injuries later in the hospital.
Despite his untimely death, Rumale left behind a rich legacy of paintings that celebrate the beauty of Bangalore. The Rumale Art House is a must-visit for anyone who wants to learn more about this talented artist and his work.
Here are some of the things you can see at the Rumale Art House:
A collection of over 120 of Rumale Chennabasaviah's paintings
A documentary on Rumale's life and work
A library with books and articles on Rumale and his art
A gift shop where you can purchase Rumale's paintings, prints, and other merchandise
The Rumale Art House is open to the public from 11 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. Admission is free.