For an Art Connoisseur, Delhi is a haven. The city is home to many art galleries and many world renowned artists.
The National Gallery of Modern Art, the Lalit Kala Academy and the Sanskriti Kendra at Anandgram are some of the main arts and crafts centers in Delhi where artists live and work.
The Lalit Kala Academy is one institution which has been developed on the designs of the ‘city of art’ in Paris. These studios are called Garhis and artists are provided with studios and lodgings.
Some of the prominent art galleries in Delhi are: Art Heritage, Vadhera Art Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Sridharani Gallery, LGT Gallery, Gallery Romain Rolland, Max Mueller Photo Gallery, the Village Gallery, AIFACS, Dhoomi Mal Art center and Khirkee Gallery.
Handicrafts can be found at Delhi Haat, at the state emporiums in Baba Khadak Singh Marg and the Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan.
Pottery, the art of makingwooden toys and kites are legacies of the city’s past. One can also find exclusive carpets in Delhi, woven in the Persian style, a craft that was handed over through generations.
One can find exquisite fashionable jewelry, bangles and necklaces at the Matia Mahal’s Pahadi Bhoja. These shops are run by the descendants of ancestral artists who specialized in ivory craftsmanship. However, with the ban on ivory, these craftsmen use bones of buffaloes and camels as alternatives.
Embroidery is yet another popular craft and Zardozi work (use of golden thread in embroidery) is very famous.
The Meenakari work – embossing paint on gold and silver, giving the effect of precious stones, is yet another impressive craft.
Incense sticks made of attars (perfumes) also make great gifts for people back home.