Delhi is one of the most culturally rich cities in India. The ‘Dilli Gharana’ of music and dance has produced a lot of aficionados. Also, the Delhi Theatre Circuit is home to some of the finest actors in the country. It is also a place which recognises and encourages artists and one might see art exhibitions happening at various places. The city is an abode to numerous museums, art gallery and performance spaces. The vibrant cultural scene is active throughout the year and provides abundant choices to indulge your senses.
Alliance Francaise near Lodhi gardens is an Indo – French house (Maison Franco-Indienne) established in 1956. It hosts a lot of musical performances, dances, film screenings, plays, art exhibitions, literary readings and other events. It is funded by its mother institution, the Foundation Alliance Francaise and also holds beginner and advanced classes in French.
National School of Drama (NSD) is a premier theatre institute in Mandi house that was set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959 and gained an autonomous status in 1975. It boasts of alumni that include veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Irfan Khan, etc. The Bharat Rang Mahotsav, an annual theatre festival, held generally in January is acknowledged as the largest theatre festival in Asia and attracts performers not only from the country but also from around the globe.
The National Gallery of Modern Art on Sher Shah Road near India Gate is known for housing a distinctive collection of paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photographs. This neoclassical building formerly served as a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur and was established as a museum in 1954. It aims to acquire and maintain works of modern art from the 1850’s onwards. It also organises numerous seminars in the fields of art history, art criticism, art appreciation, museology and the inter-relations on visual and performing arts.
Siri Fort Auditorium is situated near Connaught Place market and is the headquarters of the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It was commissioned by the late Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It has a seating capacity of around 2500 which is spread over its 4 auditoriums. It hosts numerous cultural events and musical performances.
Triveni Kala Sangam is situated on Tansen Marg near Mandi house and is one of the foremost cultural and arts complexes in Delhi. It was founded in 1950 and contains four art galleries, a chamber theatre, outdoor theatre and an open air sculpture gallery. It holds classes for Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Chhau, Sitar, Flute, Tabla, Painting, Sculpture, Glass Art, and photography.
Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts on Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House hosts plays throughout the year. The Shankar Lal Murli Dhar Auditorium has a capacity of 375 people. It offers a two-year acting course. The Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (SRCPA) Theatre Repertory Company was started in 1980 and performs plays throughout the year.
1. Alliance Francaise de Delhi
2. National School of Drama