The Culture Centre of the Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust is located on Avanashi Road (NH 47) about 8 kilometres from the Coimbatore Railway Station. It is less than a Km from the Coimbatore Airport and close to a number of colleges and Polytechnics.
The Culture Centre consists of an Art Gallery, a Textile Museum, an Auditorium and a library. As you enter the Culture Centre through its main doors the Art Gallery is to your right and the Textile Museum on the left.
As you proceed towards the art gallery the statue of Sivakami Amman greets you in the Alcove.
Rooms 1 and 2 house traditional Indian Art. There are a number of Tanjore paintings some of them more than a hundred years old. A number of bronzes in the traditional South Indian style are also exhibited. Note-worthy among the sculptures are a terracotta head of the Gupta period and a stone figure from Gandhara period. Room 2 contains a number of reproductions of Moghul art as well as bird paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Thirty six paintings by Mrs. Barbara Sreenivasan are exhibited in Room 3. There are oils, water colours, collage, an unusual `portrait` of cotton made entirely of cotton except for the glass and frame. There are also portraits in water colour which is an extremely difficult medium for portraying. The landscapes represents various parts of India from as far north as Kashmir and as far south as Mandapam. There are also one or two paintings from the United Kingdom.
Rooms 4 and 5 contain art works of well-known modern artists. Painters such as Santhanaraj, Alphonso, Antonydoss, Senathipathi, Redappa Naidu, Thotta Tharani, Siva kumar, VSD. Arularasan and Nedunchezian are represented in the collection. A bronze sculpture by the well-known sculptor Dhanabal is also of great interest. Reproductions of paintings by Abanindranath Tagore and Raja Ravi Varma are also exhibited.
In room 6 (first floor) is shown examples of overseas art other than European. There are paintings and sculptures from Egypt, Japan, China, Thailand, Nigeria, Burma and Nepal. Interesting exhibits in the section are the Tibetian Icon, shaped like a sword, said to belong to the 17th century and a sculpture from Africa.
European art is shown in Room Nos.7, 8 & 9. These are mostly reproductions. There are paintings from various schools of European art from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso. Room 9 contains reproductions of paintings by British artists in India during the 18th and 19th centuries. Room 10 is left as an exhibition room for works of art by modern painters. Those who wish to exhibit their works can get in touch with the Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust.