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Arts and Crafts of Delhi

Arts and Crafts of Delhi

Arts and Crafts of Delhi
Arts and Crafts of Delhi

The capital of India is not only known for its rich historical background but also for some exquisite arts and crafts. Infact, the arts and crafts of Delhi have been patronized since the times of the royals. As a cultural center of its time, Delhi attracted the best of painters, musicians and dancers. Even though those days have gone, arts and crafts continue to be encouraged in Delhi. As a matter of fact, Delhi has its own “cultural season” that stretches on from October to March. This season is full of various events related to both visual as well as performing arts.

The numerous auditoriums in the city are busy with the various music and dance performances. Not to forget the various theatre groups in Delhi, especially the most famous National School of Drama (NSD). From the Hindi translations of European plays, to regional theatre as well as folk forms, there is a range of plays that serve as the food for your soul. Then, there is a hoard of art galleries that serve as a reflection of the creative streak of the Delhiites. Numerous exhibitions are held in the city that displays the works of both well-known as well as relatively new artists from all over the country.

Just like its arts, handicrafts in New Delhi have been practiced since times immemorial. Especially, the silver and gold enameling and zari (embroidery in gold thread) work and miniature paintings of the city have been quite popular for centuries. Other fine craftsmen of Delhi include potters, wooden toy makers, kite makers, lacquer craftsmen and so on. However, most of the craftsmen in the city live in the Old Delhi area. The best way to enjoy the amazing handicrafts of Delhi is to visit the Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan, at the State Emporia on Baba Kharak Singh Marg or the famous Dilli Haat.

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