Get drunk on Delhi's rarest shots

35 photographers use 35 mm to bring glimpses from a city so busy it misses its most striking sightings

Myriad, quirky, quiet, rushed, resplendent, ruthless -- Delhi is a bundle of ironies in itself. Enough has been written and shot about it, but nothing manages to span its massive, magnificent spirit. Except, of course, some rare glimpses that the naked eye somehow always misses in its mundane spectatorship. Secret Delhi, a photo exhibition by 35 selected photographers, aims to capture this oft-overlooked extraordinary essence.


On the wall by Robb Selander

Delhi highs
Beginners, amateurs and professionals have attempted to freeze 'what we are,' as a city, more than its metropolis status or critical comings.' The variety of images features street children soaked in blissful ignorance, festivities that fire your imagination, traffic jams that open up your thoughts, power lines, precarious structures and the city's many people, cheerful, mortified, sad and energetic. But it isn't just another essay; each picture jumps out and asks a question or puts across a point. And its origins are interesting. "All of this started with a Facebook competition. When we received around 1800 entries, we decided we should showcase them somewhere. I think these glimpses of Delhi will make people stop and appreciate what we have, while their versatility will allow watchers to weave their own stories through them," says Nakul Sen of Galeria de Arte, the gallery behind the show.

Charity ka chukkar
Photographers like Runa Mukherjee, Jacek Ratajczak, Anupam Anand, Anjalika Bose, Chandramouli Basu, Hashmeet Singh, Robb Selander, Sanjay Nanda et al from India and abroad are participating in this exhibition, all for a noble cause. Sanjay Nanda, a graphic designer by profession and amateur photographer by passion, is pepped up about the charity angle. "It was a pleasure to be part of a project that puts forward what is usually missed by tourists and residents. I have worked on abstracts, symbols and signs; this is what life is all about." Part of the proceeds will go to the Naz Foundation for AIDS to help ailing individuals live a life of dignity and respect. Do you bit as you get a great insight.

Secret Delhi
At O Palacio, E-12/70, Hauz Rani, opp DLF Place Mall, Saket
Till June 15
Timings 12 pm to 8 pm (Tuesday closed)

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