Tourists coming to India and not visiting Delhi can miss out on a memorable experience offered by the city. India, which is already well-known for its vibrant culture, gets an added charm with the bustling cities such as Delhi. The capital city boasts of its rich blend of traditionalism and modernity, which function as a bridge between the present and the bygone eras. It has witnessed the rule of a number of great dynasties, including the Mughal and British, who ruled over India for a long time. Delhi tours let travelers explore its various interesting facets like monuments, landmarks and the lively culture. Apart from its political and social significance, Delhi is also famous for its artistic spirit. Establishment of various galleries in the city has made it a prominent centre for different types of arts.
National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art, referred as NGMA, is one of the premier art galleries run under the Ministry of Culture. An enormous collection of more than 14000 pieces of artworks is present in this edifice, which receives enthusiasts from far-off places. There are a number of great artists from different backgrounds, whose works are included in the gallery. Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Thomas Daniell are some of the prominent ones from the list. Those, with a penchant for quaint pieces, can get the delight of watching sculptures dating back to around 1857. This popular edifice is situated towards the end of Rajpath, near India Gate.
The Maharaja of Jaipur used the structure as his residential palace; hence, the building was formerly known as Jaipur House. Some major areas, such as the central dome along with the building shaped as butterfly, were designed by the renowned architect – Sir Arthur Bloomfield. The gallery was honourably inaugurated by the first Vice-president of India – Dr S. Radhakrishnan, in early 1950s. It got Hermann Goetza, who was a noted art historian from Germany, as its first curator. With the passage of time, a number of facilities were added at the site, including restoration, documentation centre and a reference library.
Authentic designs and works from various parts of the country are collected here that clearly speak of the purpose of NGMA to showcase and promote modern art. With several examples of miniature, Tanjore and Kalighat paintings, it has become an impressive repository, which showcases the resplendent past of the country. The edifice has included landmark works of modern artists like M. F. Husain and Tyeb Mehta. Some minor artistic objects, which were made in late 19th century, are added from the government treasury. A number of European artists, who visited the country during the 18th and 19th centuries, also contributed their artworks here. There are numerous travellers, who like to include these impressive institutions in their itinerary as this offers an opportunity to experience the rich culture of the country and understand the factors, which have influenced them over the time. Delhi holidays are overall pleasing experiences for those, who wish to get a glimpse of how culture evolved here.