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History in the city- Exhibitions in Delhi you really must catch

Are you a history buff, a lover of art, or both? If you happen to be in Delhi right now, here are some fabulous art and historical exhibitions that you definitely must go and see.

Tipu Sultan exhibition

This is a permanent exhibition being held at the DAG branch at Claridge’s. The collection is of paintings associated with Tipu Sultan, the legendary ruler of Mysore who was defeated in 1799 in the Battle of Seringapatam by the British. This is a masterfully curated exhibition,that has painstakingly been put together. It comprises fabulous paintings of the Battle of Seringapatam, and the popularly circulated images in Britain regarding Tipu Sultan’s defeat and the sending of his sons as hostages to Lord Cornwallis, the governor-general. These paintings are fascinating and are accompanied by perceptive notes on the side. There are also paintings depicting life in the Mysore court, and the cultural aspects prevalent there, landscape views of Mysore painted by colonial painters, and some fabulous portraits of Tipu Sultan and his father, Hyder Ali. There are some interesting quizzes for people to take while walking around. The whole exhibition is done with immense creativity and is a delight to see. It is titled, Tipu Sultan: Image and Distance, and raises the question about how we can see and understand the history of Tipu Sultan, from today’s perspective, in contrast to the perspective regarding Tipu Sultan prevalent then and throughout the 19th century.

March to Freedom Exhibition

This is an exhibition that has been put up at Bikaner House in Delhi. Containing as many as 160 works of art, this has been curated by MrinaliniVenkateshwaran. She has given a fascinating account of the freedom struggle and anti-colonial movement that had taken place in India. The array of works in this exhibition range from the 18th and 19th centuries. It gives an understanding of the many different details regarding the national movement. This exhibition has a fascinating number of postcards, photographs, maps, travel posters, and cinema ads. It is a wholesome experience indeed to see this exhibition! This is also organized by the DAG, and was originally in Kolkata, in the Indian Museum, but then was shifted here.

KNMA

At the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, there is an exhibition displaying artist, AnupamSud’s works. It is titled AnupamSud: Between Vows and words. Sud’s work is creative, and extremely nuanced, engaging the viewer immediately as to the meanings inherent within her works. She is an artist from Punjab. The exhibition is fascinating!

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