The capital of India is not only known for its rich historical background but also for some exquisite arts and crafts. Infact, the arts and crafts of Delhi have been patronized since the times of the royals. As a cultural center of its time, Delhi attracted the best of painters, musicians and dancers. Even though those days have gone, arts and crafts continue to be encouraged in Delhi. As a matter of fact, Delhi has its own "cultural season" that stretches on from October to March. This season is full of various events related to both visual as well as performing arts.
The numerous auditoriums in the city are busy with the various music
and dance performances. Not to forget the various theatre groups in
Delhi, especially the most famous National School of Drama (NSD). From
the Hindi translations of European plays, to regional theatre as well as
folk forms, there is a range of plays that serve as the food for your
soul. Then, there is a hoard of art galleries that serve as a reflection
of the creative streak of the Delhiites. Numerous exhibitions are held
in the city that displays the works of both well-known as well as
relatively new artists from all over the country.
Just like its arts, handicrafts in New Delhi have been practiced since
times immemorial. Especially, the silver and gold enameling and zari
(embroidery in gold thread) work and miniature paintings of the city
have been quite popular for centuries. Other fine craftsmen of Delhi
include potters, wooden toy makers, kite makers, lacquer craftsmen and
so on. However, most of the craftsmen in the city live in the Old Delhi
area. The best way to enjoy the amazing handicrafts of Delhi is to visit
the Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan, at the State Emporia on Baba Kharak
Singh Marg or the famous Dilli Haat.