Are you the kind of tourist who likes to not only discover the monuments and the cuisine of a destination but also sample a bit of its fine cultural offerings like fine art? Well, one of the best places in South Delhi to look for art is to take an ambling walk through Defense Colony. This place is bristling to the seams with some great galleries and wonderful collections.
Not only galleries, you can gets art supplies, get your prints framed and also take an Italian food break in the meantime. Here’s the list:
- Vadhera Art Gallery: On the service street along Lala Lajpat Rai Marg between Defense Colony and Lajpat Nagar. It has a nice collection. Next door is the Vadhera Reading Room that has a great collection of art titles. There is also a store that sells souveniers from Tate and MOMA.
- Rahul & Art: A double-story house near the Defense colony market that houses a mix of work from old Indian masters and some contemporary artists. These include: MF Husain, SH Raza, FN Souza, Ram Kumar Mithu Sen, Subodh Gupta and Jagannath Panda.
In between the Camel Art Center and Sita Ram Stationers you will find all you need and then some more.
Hop across another road and you are into the Kotla Mubarakpur. An area defined by twisting lanes and shops selling all sorts of interiors stuff. This is where you find Rajan Picture Framers who will do a very good job. And yes, do remember to bargain.
Exhausted by all your arty exertions? Defense colony market has wonderful places to eat. Highly recommended is the South-Indian Cuisine of Sagar. Looking for Italian, Flavors is a short walk away.
Vadehra Art Gallery
D-40 Defence Colony (2461-5368). Mon-Sat 11am-7pm. Visit www.vadehraart.com
Rahul & Art
E-10 Defence Colony (4650-1861). Mon-Sat 11am-6pm.
Camel Art Centre
A-263 Defence Colony (98112-64966). Daily 10am-7.30pm.
Sita Ram Stationers
G-8 South Extension-I (2463-8266). Tue-Sun 10am-8.30pm.
Rajan Picture House
290 Jood Bagh, Kotla Mubarakpur (98185-00108).
(Photo Courtesy: Marshall Astor)