Have you been curious about how much India has changed since it got independence? If you are an art enthusiast, this is a great time to be in the Capital, where history and art have come together for an art exhibition, titled An Indian Kaleidoscope.
On display are lithographs and wood engravings dating back to the 18th century pre-independent India.
"This exhibition will be a great learning experience. It gives a glimpse into the everyday life of people from that era. It will be interesting for people to observe how the monuments looked over a century ago, before their present state of decay," says Gautam Sabharwal from Pran Foundation that has organised the exhibition. Indian Gods and Goddesses have also been portrayed through a colonial eye.
The earliest works at the exhibition are from mid 1700s and the majority is from the 1800s.
On display are works by British artists such as Solvyn, Mortimer, Menpes and Daniel brothers, William and Thomas Danniel, who had travelled to India to capture its natural beauty, people's way of life and architectural marvels. The earliest works at the exhibition are from mid 1700s and the majority is from the 1800s.
While some works show the mistreatment of Indians by the Britishers, some show people dressed in traditional attires.
Works by British artists such as Solvyn, Mortimer, Menpes and Daniel brothers, William and Thomas Danniel will be on display.
About one particular piece of work that shows Taj Mahal in all its glory, Sabharwal says, "The beauty of the piece is that although Taj Mahal has been put in the background, it still manages to get the viewers' attention."
He adds, "I have been collecting these art pieces for many years now. I bought them from several dealers. In fact, I got some of them in funny ways. Some I bought from kabadiwalas and some were in the boots of scrapped cars."
Sabharwal has donated a lot of artwork that belonged to his personal collection.
Catch it live
What: An Indian Kaleidoscope
On till: May 17 (Not open on Mondays)
Where: Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli Road
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar on the Yellow line