It is said that creativity is something that lies within, it is the inspiration that is elsewhere, outside of you. An artist is essentially a seeker of this inspiration, that could be anywhere and can present itself in any form. However there are these spaces in Delhi, that are so steeped in art that the vibes are almost palpable. It is almost as if the artists who come there leave a part of themselves, their thoughts, beliefs and ideas that then become ambient.
Here is a list of some such spaces in Delhi – immerse yourself here to get inspired.
KHOJ, Khirki extension
KHOJ is an incubation center for artist. Its primary objective is to provides a financial, physical and intellectual space for artists through its various programs. Established in 1997, KHOJ has built a worldwide reputation as an outstanding alternative arts incubation space. The not for profit contemporary art organisation in Delhi has many programmes to offer which include workshops, residencies, talks and community art projects through which they encourage experimentation and collaboration with different countries. It has played a central role in linking contemporary artist with different art communities around the world,
CMYK, Meherchand Market
CMYK is not the usual bookstore you visit. Here you will find books on art and design from international publishing giants like Phaidon, Thames and Hudson, Rebo, Skira, Abrams, Braun and many others. They also have a collection on photography, travel, performing arts, architecture, monographs, lifestyle, erotica, cookbooks and gardening. They host several events like film screening, music recitals, art exhibitions, design meetings and book readings. You will find stylish design objects like chairs from Pantone Universe, and office stationery like pens, alarm clocks, radio cubes, giant calculators, mini binders, photo clips, book clocks, USB hubs. From the functional to the extravagant, there’s something for everyone.Its philosophy is to provide space for a dialogue to like minded people and become a vibrant cultural space rather than just being a conventional bookstore.
Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri
Santushti shopping complex was started to assist families of air force officers who had lost their lives in war. Formed by AFWAA (Air Force Wives Welfare Association), Santushti has a calm and tasteful vibe about it. It has got classy cafes, cigar joint where you can get more than 75 varieties of cigars, a stop for all leather goods, a tea shop having numerous flavors of tea, clothes, home decor, art store and a furniture store too. You might get a lucky chance to see peacocks strolling in the manicured lawns during evenings.
National Gallery of Modern Art
NGMA holds around 150000 paintings, sculptures and works of arts by Indian as well as international artists.. It organizes special exhibitions for those who wish to showcase their work Established in 1954 the gallery preserves and displays modern art mid 19th century onward. The gallery also contains a huge library having books, periodicals, photographs and other audiovisual materials and also a sales counter that has picture postcards, posters, catalogues and reproductions..NGMA contains works of international artist like Jacob Epstein, Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Lubarda, Henry Moore, Sonia Delaunay and Kozo Mio..
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
IHC is primarily known for hosting plays, book readings, music concerts,art exhibitions, dance performances, and office workshops. Spread over 9 acres of land, it’s a state of an art facility equipped well with latest technology. The habitat world consists of an auditorium, conference halls, guest rooms and documentation center, and hospitality areas. The architecture and design of IHC is simply amazing to gaze upon.
Dilli Haat, INA
Dilli Haat gives an impression of a traditional rural haat or village market to the visitors, which has been created keeping in mind the needs of a contemporary customer. Recognized as a centrepiece of traditional Indian culture , set up where village life and folk art are brought closer to the city people – Dilli Haat takes you to the magnificent world of Indian art and heritage thus offering you a unique and an unforgettable experience.