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February 13th, 2012
‘Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital’

An exhibition- ‘Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital’ which portrays an illustrated journey through the rich history of Delhi as the Capital of India is inaugurated by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture, Shri Jawhar.

The exhibition is being presented by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Ebrahim Alkazi, Chairman, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts also graced the occasion.

The exhibition focuses on Delhi of the late 19th and mid-20th century, seeking to arouse a capital, one that had been the epicenter of political and cultural life for many centuries, from the time of Qutub-ud-din Aibak and Shah Jahan, to the very present; showcased through richly detailed engravings, maps, plans, vintage and modern photographs, from the Alkazi Collection, as well as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Central Public Works Department archives (CPWD), and the archives of D.N. Chaudhuri and Habib Rahman.
Delhi historically remained important for any ruler to capture, a strategic site, to rule over not only the northern region but the larger empire.