Art and cultural centres in and around Delhi

Art opens the portals to the soul- this has been an uncontested fact for as long as the artist has existed. It enables the artist to wade through such unexplored chasms of fantasy or realism; sensibility, experience, or any other activity that stimulates his creative process. A medium of expression, art has been the backbone of revolution, among other things. The fact that the idea of “art” is so subjective that it’s meaning changes from one person to another is what makes it so incredibly awe-inspiring.
Being a nation that exemplifies diversity, India sure does boast of an extremely tasteful and varied palette of art forms. Just like every other city, Delhi too flaunts a culture but the difference is that this metropolis is the repository of art and culture encompassing entire India and its civilization. This city offers culture which is worth thrice more than what you get after accumulating all the exuberant folks of the world.

1. National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art: Wikipedia

The National Gallery of Modern Art also known as the NDMA is home to the works of many artists who have left their signatures on the canvas of time. It has taken more than 50 years to collect the work displayed here. Here you can see works of the European Artists who came to India and got influenced by Indian Art. Apart from displaying various schools of art from across India the National Gallery of Modern Art also collaborates with other museums and brings the works of International artists to India. So if you want to surround yourself with overwhelming arts and cultural centre then the National Gallery of Modern Art is definitely the place to visit.

2. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts: Image Gallery

It is one of the most popular arts and cultural centre of India. In Indira Gandhi National Centre for the arts, you can see the Arts’ encompass a wide range of subjects – from archaeology and anthropology to the visual and performing arts.

3. National Crafts Museum

National Crafts Museum: theindianschool.in

The national crafts museum is also known as National handicrafts and handloom museum in New Delhi is one of the largest crafts museums in India. The National Crafts Museum in New Delhi is home to exhibits of local art from all over the country. Tribal paintings and sculpture is exhibited in the museum from start to finish. It is done by the Ministry of textiles i.e. Gov. of India. The crafts museum was established in 1956 by Smt. Kamla Devi Chattopadhyay. Then the country feels the need to preserve the diminishing heritage of the rich and traditional art and craft that was produced in different parts of the country. Crafts museum basically divided into three parts: the village complex, market and the gallery connected by a central circulation spine.

4. Siri Fort Auditorium

Siri Fort Auditorium: bookmyshow.com

It is one of the most popular cultural venues in the capital city of India, Delhi. It is also the headquarters of the Directorate of Film Festivals which organizes film festivals and screenings of regional award-winning cinema here on a regular basis. It has a total seating capacity of around 1865 persons. This auditorium is known for hosting music concert, dance performances, as well as plays and cultural performances. Over the years, leading national international artists such as Norah Jones and Zakir Hussain have performed at Siri Fort. It was also the venue for US President Barack Obama’s concluding address during his 2015 visit to India.

5. Asmita Theatre

Asmita Theatre Group: Facebook

Asmita Theatre is famous Hindi theatre groups in India and is committed to graceful innovative and socially relevant theatre. It was started by ASMITA in 1993 with a purpose of kindling the audience to contemporary issue and creating a dialogue on prevailing social problems. ASMITA performed in all major theatre festivals of India including National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Nandikar and Vivachana Theatre Festival, Old World Theatre Festival, Muktibodh Natya Samaroh, World Social Forum and Nehru Centre Festival Mumbai. It has sculpted a niche for itself in the Indian theatre scene by performing plays of diverse socio-political interest while not losing out mass appeal.

6.Art and Heritage Gallery:

Art and Heritage Gallery: Image gallery

It was established in 1978 by the famous Indian theatre director Ebrahim Alkazi, and the renowned costume designer, Roshan Alkaz. Art Heritage Gallery continues to increase its commitment to promoting awareness of modern Indian art. It is located in the famous art complex Triveni Kala Sangam. A variety of art-related publications, catalogs and portfolios has been published by Art and Heritage Gallery and has held over 400 exhibitions, ranging from distinguished artists such as M.F. Hussain and F.N. Souza to the new and upcoming contemporary artists. It is the best place for artists who want to showcase their work.

  1. India Habitat Centre

A still from Rang De Basanti shot in India Habitat Centre

The India Habitat Centre was conceived in order to provide an environment where individuals and institutions could share a common synergy in diverse habitat-related topics. You can find many institutions having their offices in this complex. It hosts regular festivals, cultural programmes, and events and has a number of popular restaurants within the complex. Don’t be surprised if you bump into some famous poets, theatre artists or musicians holding gigs at the venue.

So, if you’re thinking of enhancing your cultural scope, head to any of these art and cultural centres in/around Delhi and indulge in the knowledge and experience of these varied cultures. You will be enriched through music, language, art and much more.

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Aman Goenka

Aman Goenka

A writer, editor, publisher and wildlife explorer with an emphasis on travel writing, landscapes imagined and luxury travel.

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