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Legends of the city on canvas

Delhi hits a century by bathing its most-loved monuments in paint.

art and culture Updated: Dec 18, 2011 00:40 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Taking the centenary celebrations of Delhi forward, this art exhibition brings alive the Capital’s loveliest legends — both archeological and historic.

The first ever art exhibition by Uma Lohtia, titled Living Legends of Delhi, is an effort by the artist to honour the ancient, rich and magnificent architecture of Delhi. “The exhibition is all about Delhi’s countless monuments that have always fascinated me for their architecture and the stories behind them,” says Lohtia.

On display at the show will be 30 of the artist’s best works. “When I started painting Delhi’s monuments in February, it was, in a sense, a totally new theme for me, but Delhi’s monuments have always fascinated me. And, what better time to do so than now, in the year of Delhi’s centenary!” she says.

The works by the artist paint the famous markets, exotic gardens, tombs and mosques — all that the city is known for.

“With these monuments, you feel they are speaking to you. There is so much art in them, just in the bricks alone. Each crumbling brick, each sandstone inspires you to re-create the story of its glorious past.” Lohtia is known for a unique style of art — Wash painting. “The technique was developed at Shantiniketan. In it, water colours are used on the canvas and washed till the colours merge into each other,” she says. What about her favourite spot in the city? “All the monuments inside the Pura Qila Complex are my favourites.”

Catch it live
What: Living Legends of Delhi
When: December 21-24
Timings: 10am to 8pm
Where: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Yellow Line