Rare pictures of the last Mughals, sweeping vistas of Chandni Chowk dating back to the 1860s, a photographic portrait of Lord Curzon, a picture of a man selling pots on mules in Connaught Place, were some of the varied images on display at the month-long exhibition 'Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital', which opened at the NGMA this week.
The exhibition, being organised by NGMA, New Delhi in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts is focussing on the Delhi of the late 19 and mid-20 century.
It has on display over 300 rare engravings, maps, plans, vintage and modern photographs that give rare glimpses into the evolution of Delhi's physical, cultural and social landscape.
The pictures on display are drawn from the Alkazi Collection, Archeological Survey of India and the archives of Central Public Works Department, and personal archives of photographer DN Chaudhuri and Habib Rahman.
One of the interesting photographs of the early days of Connaught Place by DN Chaudhuri captures a man selling pots on his mules. " I took it in 1952 - the day I bought a new Voigtlander Perkeo camera from Shimla Studio in CP. I had just walked into A Block with my new camera from Regal building when I came across this pot-seller in CP, which also housed residential flats in those days," said Chaudhuri, 78, who is also the author of a pictorial book 'Delhi: Light, Shades & Shadows'. The exhibition will be on till March 13 from 10am to 5pm.