Delhi - Art and Craft

The royal patronage of the past rulers of Delhi have ensured that Delhi still remains a cultural hub in today's modern times thereby attracting the finest of painters, musicians and dancers as well as theatre performers from all over the country.

The prolific rise of the art galleries in Delhi is an indicator that Delhi still retains its hold as the cultural centre. For the best of Indian art, visit the Sanskriti Kendra, which is the favorite meeting place of artists, craftsperson and general visitors with an acute aesthetic sense. Here the craftspersons live in mud huts reminiscent of their village homes while, scholars are provided with complete studio, workshop, library, and residential facilities. The Kendra has an art gallery for exhibition of work of artists, an auditorium, and an open-air amphitheatre. Some of the other well-known art galleries in Delhi are Sahitya Kala Parishad, Azad Bhawan Gallery, Center for Contemporary Art, Delhi Art Gallery and many others.

For music and dance aficionados, Delhi is the stage for a plethora of events taking place in the fields of the visual and performing arts with Kamani Auditorium, The Chamber Theatre at Triveni Kala Sagam, FICCI Auditorium, The India International Center, Siri Fort, LTG Auditorium, Pragati Maidan and Sri Ram Centre being the preferred choice for dance and musical recitals. Other important cultural events to that take the city of Delhi by storm are Shankarlal, Dhrupad and Tansen Festivals, Vishnu Digamber Festival and Roshanara Festivals (all organized by Delhi Tourism), which observes the greatest Indian musicians taking centre stage.

As far as movies are concerned, besides the regular Bollywood fare, there are special film screenings held for a niche audience that show highly acclaimed international movies at centres such as Max Mueller Bhawan, The Alliance Francaise, The Japan Cultural Centre, The British Council, The Russian Centre for Science and Cultural and The Hungarian Information Centre. Theatre too is gaining a strong foothold in the cultural mindset of Delhi what with the National School Of Drama staging several plays.

Also, despite its modern approach to life, Delhi has maintained and nurtured its traditional crafts - and it can be seen in the form of pottery, lacquer craftsmanship, miniature paintings, silver and gold enameling and zardozi handicrafts. Some of the best crafts bazaars in Delhi are Crafts Museum State Emporia, Central Cottage Emporiumand Dilli Haat.

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