Delhi Diary I
Dilli (or Delhi as it is officially named) is no less than the 'dil' (heart) of India...it being the capital & all...
My recent trip to Delhi was one I made after more than 6 years! And surprisingly, the city which I didn't care for much during my quick visits in all these years, really impressed me this time round! I warmed up to the sights & sounds of Hauz Khas Village....drank in the ethnic revelry of Dilli Haat....shopped like crazy at Janpath & Sarojini Nagar market....indulged in some retail therapy at Zara & Forever21 (and prayed, prayed, prayed that both these brands open their outlets soon in my city!)....met blogger friends for the first time in real life (and absolutely didn't feel like it was our first meeting)....and lost myself in the abundance of artistic excellence at India Art Fair! <3
My visit to the capital was primarily planned around the famed India Art Fair that was a three-day affair held at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in Okhla Industrial Estate. This was the 6th edition of the leading art fair that showcases all kinds of artworks from all over the world. The various galleries taking part, the knowledge-enhancing curated walks, the interesting Speaker's Forums and the sheer energy of the numerous artists you see & get to interact with makes it an experience that I'll strongly cherish!
What's more! I registered at the media desk and entered as a blogger for both the days I visited the Fair, thus saving myself 600 bucks for spending on accessories from Janpath! ;)
There were a lot of paintings & light installations strewn across the Fair. I could only feel awed when I stood staring at original artworks of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol (whose Campbell's Soup Can screen print pop art you can see above), Roy Lichenstein, MF Hussain & Jamini Roy among others! Giving you a glimpse of some of my favorites....but there were a whole lot more which I loved!
Sigh! If only we had one of these in Kolkata! :(
Yes! I did attend a blogger event and met a few lovely girls from the blogging & entrepreneurial world of Delhi. The event was in one of the malls at the Select City Walk complex in Saket and you couldn't ignore this humongous installation dominating the centre of the mall atrium!
This installation, titled LOC, is a typical stainless steel work of art by artist Subodh Gupta. Amazing beyond words, no?