Delhi – Cultural Capital of India

Delhi or precisely saying New Delhi, is the hub of one of the biggest peninsula on earth—India. Delhi attracts people not only from India but from all over the world, the reason being not only its capitalism to a country but also the diversities in Culture and Demography of its own. This metro city which is also a state in itself has its roots of Diversified Culture in its aesthetic history, and is considered close to a 5,000 years old city as per ancient Indian epic—Mahabharata. In earliest centuries A.D., the city was ruled by Hindu rulers—Mauryas, Guptas and Chauhans, and then spanning over 7 centuries Islamic rulers like Humayu, Akbar, Shah Jahaan, Aurangzeb etc. made their mark on the city. Later came the British Empire, which lasted until 1947 when India gained Independence and Delhi was declared as its Capital. Hence the city has experienced a variety of Religions, Cultures and Economies.

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New Delhi being the capital of India is the political hub with the latest happenings. It is always live with political news, visiting celebrities, dignitaries, new laws and news shaping up. With the best of air connections to almost all cities in the world and its proximity to the world famous monument of love, The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it has become a hot spot among world travelers. It has what it takes to mesmerize its visitors with sights of historical monuments, beautiful infrastructure, wide roads and excellent metro rail network and is an amazing platform to various ethnic groups coming from different cultural background that simply adds color to the festivities and celebrations.

The exquisite range of fairs and festivals exemplifies Delhi’s diversified culture. It is home to people of all diversified communities making it a festival hub and it encompasses all the popular festivals like Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, Makar Sankraati, Eid, Christmas, Easter, Lohri, Mahavir Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti, Gurunaanak Jayanti etc. All these festivals are celebrated with immense enthusiasm irrespective of cultural divergence. The uniqueness lies in the style of celebrating these festivals i.e. they coalesce old traditions with modern practices.

Another culture heritage that this mesmerizing city possesses is that of Music and Dance. The Mughals have inspired the style of Classical Dancing to a greater extent and its glimpse can still be seen in the ancient dance that confluences the Indian style with a Mughal touch. It also actuates music of different genres, be it Indian Classical, Western or Ghazals. Not only is the modern day art appreciated, but Delhi has also been successful in preserving the ancient folk dances coming from different parts of the country. Moreover, music and dance apart from their basic adaptation, also adds to the different festivals and cultural programs being held at the city. Thus, this integral part of Delhi’s culture can’t be missed out of the list.

Delhi’s cultural heritage sites—India Gate, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Akshardhaam temple, Jantar-Mantar and Birla Mandir are some of the famous ones with each representing a different culture, story and history, still standing together to represent the great city.

India Gate—this monument was built to pay a tribute to 90,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in the Afghan Wars and World War I Red Fort was built by Shah Jahaan in 1648 along the Yamuna River that served as the residential palace for the Mughal Emperors. The fort represents the ancient Mughal culture and its main attraction is the Red Stones used for construction. Another monument from a different cuture—the famous Birla Mandir with its gorgeous architecture contributes to the Cultural heritage. Mughal Gardens—a combination of British concept and Mughal style is another cultural confluence to look for. Jama masjid is the biggest mosque of India which was built in 17th century and took 13 years to complete. The gigantic Akshardhaam temple comes from the Hindu cultural background. The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is another heritage site that adds colors to the surroundings of New Delhi. And of course, Delhi Haat—a mini market representing the vibrant diversified culture of India under one umbrella where visitors will get a hint of all states in India including its food, clothing, handicrafts and traditional festivities.

Delhi, being India’s capital has another role to fulfill which diversifies it not only culturally but politically too. Indian Parliament, the house with highest legislature is situated here and it can be said that whole country is controlled from here and leaders from different region, religion, ideas and backdrop come together to take some of the most important—legislative and economic decisions of the country. Apart from this, corporate offices of majority of the industry giants are located here with an addition of another angle in diversification—Industries. Electronics industries, Pharmaceutical industries, Software industries etc. have prospered to a great extent. At the same time, small scale industries enjoy their own different space and again are provided with platform to progress, inviting industries from different cultures and hence inspiring artists to manipulate their skill in use for cottage industries.

Delhi has given some of the best known people contributing in different fields to their country. Shah Rukh Khan—famous actor, Virendra Sehwag, Virat Kohli—well known cricketers, M.F.Hussain—renowned painter, Chetan Bhagat—profound Indian writer are some of the mainstream contributors originating from Delhi. Thus, it can be aptly said that Delhi not only has a diversification in Culture, but is Diversified in various other aspects but still stands united and hence it can be conveyed that Delhi is truly a Cultural Confluence and a metro city that will drive one crazy.

Author: Falak Dhruve

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  1. Interesting info about Delhi, one of my friend recently visited there, he shared his experience and photos with me. It is an amazing place to visit and see several different historical places.

  2. It’s worth reading article and writer deserves my heartfelt compliments too. Thanks. keep it up.
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