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New hub for Dilliwallahs

The art lovers of Delhi have a new cultural hotspot. Azad Bhawan, which opened recently under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), has an art gallery, a library, an auditorium and a café — all under one roof.

art and culture Updated: Jan 10, 2010 17:12 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

The art lovers of Delhi have a new cultural hotspot. Azad Bhawan, which opened recently under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), has an art gallery, a library, an auditorium and a café — all under one roof.

Last week, the Bhawan art gallery and auditorium opened with the ‘Horizon Series’ — a congregation of shows by both performing and non-performing artists. While the first part of the series included an exhibition of Mithila paintings by artist Bharti Dayal and a ghazal performance by Farid Ahmed of the Kiraana Gharana of Khayal gayiki, the second part will have an exhibition of Indian contemporary paintings by Sanjay Punekar and a performance by Zareena Begum, Hindustani vocalist (and a disciple of Begum Akhtar).

“With this new place, we are providing an opportunity to young artists to showcase their work and talent. The cultural performances are held every Friday. There is no entry fee to these shows, so anyone who loves art can be a part of this
cultural movement,” said Virender Gupta, Director General, ICCR.

Located at IT estate, the Bhawan has a rich and old library with text personally donated by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, founder of the ICCR. The auditorium is well-equipped with all modern facilities and a seating space of 370 with
a separate screen for screening movies.