“Delhi that was” photographic archives

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4th October – 12th November 2019 | Ojas Art Gallery, 1AQ, Near Qutab Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director, Ojas Art Gallery presents “Delhi.. that was” – featuring photographs from three archives – Habib Rahman, Madan Mahatta and Raghu Rai. The show will transcend the viewers to the bygone ERA and see Delhi you have never seen before with 45 images from the 1940’s to the 1990s. The majestic monuments, the magical lanes, when the sky wasn’t laden with smog and when the nights were heavy with stars.

In 2012, Ojas art exhibited archival works by Raghu Rai, including many photographs never seen before on a public platform. This year this format has been expanded to exhibit the works of 3 maestros who wove magic with their lens, capturing Delhi in its golden era. The archives will be explored to present images depicting the architecture, monuments, and lifestyles that are unique to Delhi and will cover Delhi from the 1940s on wards, spanning five decades. On display will be the aesthetic Delhi before it was transformed by concrete constructions which has left many aggrieved and nostalgic for the yesteryears. The month long exhibition will present spectators with images of the Qutab Minar, the architectural wonder that Jantar Mantar is, the noodle-thin lanes of Old Delhi, and many such moments in time now in the past.

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