Lodhi Colony Street Art Gallery

Lodhi Colony was built in the twilight of the British Raj, as an enclave for government civil servants. The apartment blocks are all similar, but not regimented into rows. The buildings are L shaped, one block joining another with a huge arch. Between the blocks there are schools, a maternity hospital and a public library. Mature trees provide shade for the grid of roads.

On the west side, there is the Khanna Market and on the east, the Old Meharchand Market. The former is a ramshackle array of single storey shops, the latter has been gentrified and has some posh, westernised stores and excellent restaurants. To the north is the India Habitat Centre. The southern border is Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu, a major city highway.

Wandering around the streets on Sunday, I was taken by how quiet it was, how the local residents sat outside in their half courtyards, talking with their neighbours and drinking tea. Nevermind the concrete cancer and mould growing up walls from leaking pipes, this was a place where I would definitely want to live in Delhi.

The reason for my visit was the street art. The end walls of the apartment blocks provided a concrete canvas for two dozen international artists to display their talents.

I have fifty or so photographs which you may wish to view. Please follow this shared link to my Google Photos page  Lodhi Colony Street Art

I enjoyed the humour and colour, especially how the artists incorporated the windows and parts of the building into their work. But here are a few of my favourites:

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And another reason to visit is that the succulent  Malai Chicken kebabs at MI Food by the intersection of Fifth Avenue with Jor Bagh Road are excellent.

 

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3 Replies to “Lodhi Colony Street Art Gallery”

  1. I love that you are helping so many people but also take photos to enjoy. I love seeing them as it feeds my creativity and exposes me to another culture. Thank you. Gwen

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