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Culturally inclined

The lifeline of the Delhi’s art and culture-lovers, Mandi House in Central Delhi has a lot to offer. From eateries dishing out pocket-friendly fares to places offering the best in art, music and dance, we look at various places around Mandi House to hang out.

art and culture Updated: Apr 10, 2011 01:15 IST
Namya Sinha

The lifeline of the Delhi’s art and culture-lovers, Mandi House in Central Delhi has a lot to offer. From eateries dishing out pocket-friendly fares to places offering the best in art, music and dance, we look at various places around Mandi House to hang out.

National School of Drama (NSD)

Situated just behind the Mandi House Metro station, this drama institute has some of the best actors in the country as their alumni. The lobby of NSD is decorated with posters from various plays. As you proceed, you come across an ancient tree located right inside the complex. NSD’s theatre festivals, such as the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, takes place here. The Kathak Kendra is situated inside this complex too. Outside the main complex, there’s a book shop that sells various kinds of theatre-related journals and books.

Bengali Market
The very mention of chaat and golgappa brings Bengali Market to our mind. Located around a roundabout, this market is crowded throughout the year. The market is home to two of most popular sweet shops in the city —Bengali Sweets and Nathu’s. Besides mouth-watering chaat and sweets, the shops also sell cakes, doughnuts and biscuits. You can pick up the most exotic fruits from Brij Fruit Mart. Sip coffee at the Costa Coffee outlet while you are here.

Sri Ram Centre for Art and Culture Canteen
It is the hub for plays and classical dance performances. Students of Lady Irwin College from the locality are frequent visitors of this
canteen; wannabe actors sit here the entire day, waiting to be ‘spotted’ by some director from NSD. The chicken momos (R50) and tea (R5) are worth a try. You can also try their chilli chicken and chicken manchurian.
Where: Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House

BM Snacks Corner
Just as you enter the Safdar Hashmi Marg, you can spot this snacks corner. Popular among NSD students and office-goers, the chai (R5) here is a must-try. Team it with their delicious bread pakora (R5), served with spicy green chutney. This eatery also serves delicious paranthas (R7-10), served with potato gravy and chutney.
Where: Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House
Timings: 7am to 11 pm

Triveni Kala Sangam
The place has people coming for their photography classes and classical dance lessons; the art aficionados frequent the place for the art exhibitions held here. But its’ cafeteria — Triveni Terrace Café — is the most popular destination here. Their shammi kebabs,
mutton curry and keema curry are very popular.
Where: 205, Tansen Marg
Himachal Bhawan
Just outside the Himachal Bhawan, there is a small kiosk that sells patties, burgers and cream rolls. The hot selling items here are apple juice and litchi juice (R6 for a glass ) that make for perfect thirst quenchers in summer.

Celeb-spotting and some history
NSD was founded in 1959, and boasts of alumni, such as actors Anupam Kher and Om Puri. During it’s festival season, stars such as Puri, Kher and Naseeruddin Shah can be spotted here.

Bengali Market was built by Bengali Mal Lohia in 1930. It’s one of Delhi’s oldest markets
The Mandi House Metro station started operating in 2006. It is on the Blue Line