has long been a cultural center, attracting the best of painters, musicians
and dancers. Though today's patrons have changed, Delhi is more than ever the
cultural capital of the country, and is also visited by foreign dancers, musicians
and theatre groups en route to the Far East.
October to March is the "cultural season"
of Delhi, during which time a plethora of events take place in the fields of
the visual and performing arts.
Music lovers look forward to the Shankarlal, Dhrupad and Tansen Festivals in
February and March and the Vishnu Digamber Festival in August, at which India's
greatest musicians perform Roshanara Festivals of music and dance organized
by Delhi Tourism.
October witnesses the popular Qutub Festivals where reputed musicians and dancers
offer captivating renditions with the Qutub Minar as the backdrop. Film buffs
eagerly await the National Film Festivals and the bi-annual International Film
Festival, held in January. Apart from commercial cinema houses, films are periodically
screened at the Max Mueller Bhawan, the Alliance Francaise, the Japan Cultural
Centre, the British Council Division, the Russian Centre for Science and Cultural
and the Hungarian Information Centre.
Theatre in Delhi receives a constant impetus from the presence of the National
School Of Drama. The variety offered ranges from Hindi translations of European
plays, to regional theatre, as well as folk forms. Delhi's numerous art galleries
reflect the country's burgeoning art scene.
Well-known and new artists from all over the country display their works in
these galleries. Notices of exhibitions are given in daily newspapers and specific
Among the active galleries are Art Heritage, Triveni Art Gallery, Sridharani
Gallery, Art Today, Vadehra Art Gallery, Eicher Gallery, Gallery 42, Dhoomi
Mal Art Centre, Gallery Escape, Lalit Kala Akademi, LGT Gallery, Gallery Ganesha,
Gallery steps, AIFACS, Max Mueller Photo Gallery, British Council Divisio Gallery,
Gallery Romain Rolland, Khirkee Gallery, the Village Gallery and at times the
Traditional crafts, too have long been practiced in Delhi. The city was particularly
well known for its silver and gold enameling, and zari or embroidery in gold
thread. Master-craftersmen in both crafts still live in the Walled City where
there are also miniature painters.
Delhi also has fine potters, wooden toy makes, kite makers and lacquer craftsmen.
In Old Delhi it is not unusual to come upon a traditional workshop. The wealth
of Indian handicrafts can be enjoyed at the Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan,
at the State Emporia on Baba Kharak singh Marg, and at Dilli Haat, which is
Delhi Tourism's popular venue for crafts bazaars throughout the year.
Delhi Arts & Crafts, Delhi Vacations