Need a quick check on how Delhi has evolved over the last few centuries to become what it is today? Then you should head over to ‘Delhi: A Built Heritage’, a special exhibition organized at the main exhibition hall of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA).
This three-month long exhibition takes you on a journey on Delhi’s history, which dates from circa 1450 BC. It traces how the city assimilated various cultures over the past 3500 years. Material on display has brought together from various sources including the British library, Chester Beatty, Victoria and Albert Museum, Archaeological Survey of India, National Museum, National Archives, INTACH’s own archives, etc.
Divided into four sections the exhibition gives visitors an overview of its living heritage to its tangible heritage, natural heritage and cultural heritage.
Five interactive kiosks give visitors information on the evolution of the city. Then there are dioramas of a a sufi dargah, courtyard of an Old Delhi haveli, Delhi’s micro-habitat.Another set of three dioramas showcase life in Shahjanabad – the old city. The displays include an ittar(perfume) shop, a traditional halwai(sweet) shop, a kinari bazaar(market) shop and a typical kirana(provision) store.
From cultural influences to Turkish architectural influences, the exhibition tells an interesting tale. A must visit for anyone seeking to understand this many-layered and multi-faceted city.
(Photo Courtesy: Tahir Hashmi)