The finer things of life
Have a brush with Delhi’s vibrant and pulsating art and culture sceneeducation Updated: Jul 10, 2012 17:26 IST
It is almost impossible to separate Delhi from its art and culture. The arts and crafts of Delhi have received patronage from several dynasties that were reigning in India before the British rule. Hence they mirror influences from different eras. Delhi has always been a cultural stronghold of the country and has hence attracted the best of painters, musicians and dancers. Being the cultural capital of the country the city boasts not only of many museums and art galleries but also plays host to a lot of events involving visual and performing arts. On the crafts side, Delhi is unique in that it has representative outlets for the handicrafts of each Indian state. This in itself presents a staggering array of goods, and at very affordable prices. Another aspect of the culture of Delhi is the numerous fairs and festivals of practically every faith and culture that are celebrated in the city. For instance the Chhat Puja of Bihar is celebrated here with as much festivity as Durga Puja of Bengal.
National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1 Bhagwandas Road, Phone: +91-11-23382821
National School of Drama (NSD) is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and was established in 1959. It is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in Asia and one-of-its-kind in India. NSD has two performing wings – The NSD Repertory Company, which does professional and experimentaltheatre in the country and abroad and the Theatre-in-Education Company, which is purely devoted to educating children and training them to perform in plays in the country and abroad. Outsiders can benefit from extension programmes, under which the NSD faculty and alumni conduct workshops in various parts of the country.
The Traditional Theatre Project of NSD initiated in 1980 has facilitated creative interaction between traditional and contemporary theatre artists on a regular basis.
Along with an introduction to theatre, these workshops also seek to develop personality and expand the emotional horizons of the participants. NSD offers post graduate diploma programmes in the area of direction, acting and stagecraft.
Cottage Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, Janpath, New Delhi, 110 001 (India), Phone :+(91)-(11)-23701168
The Central Cottage Industries Emporium, popularly known as ‘Cottage Emporium’, ‘Cottage’, ‘CCIC’ and ‘CCIE’ is a reservior of Indian handicrafts and handlooms. It preserves and nurtures the rich heritage of our country’s culture dating back to over 5000 years and unfolds a rich saga of breathtaking masterpieces by skilled artisans. To preserve and share traditional craftsmanship globally, the Cottage Emporium was formed in the year 1948. Today, the Cottage and its logo ‘The Bankura Horse’ constitute a hallmark of tradition, quality and authenticity. It is a fair trading partner, with an overriding motto of servicing the interests of the craftsmen and availability of high quality product to its customers.
Lalit Kala Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001 Phone: +91-11-23009200
The Lalit Kala Akademi was inaugurated in New Delhi on August 5, 1954, by the then minister for education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The youngest of the three akademies founded by the Government of India, the Lalit Kala Akademi was set up in pursuance of the dream of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for a cultural and national identity. The Lalit Kala Akademi was the principal establishment to direct its focus on activities in the field of visual arts.
The akademi has a reference library for the connoseiurs of painting and sculpture. The akademi envisages to preserve the glorious traditions of the past and enrich them by the work of our modern artists. It also seeks to improve standards and refine public taste.