Common Wealth Games And The Cultural Fiesta

October 29, 2010
It seems talking about Common Wealth Games is so passe now!  Nevertheless, I want to share some scanned images of handouts etc depicting the cultural fiesta the city was enjoying during the Common Wealth Games (phew! now I got time!).  In fact, we the Dilliwalas were visible all over the places from music concerts to exhibitions and not to forget the food festival.  No trace of tourists of other countries!

Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra showed a dramatic presentation of Ramayana.

Live music concert at Qutub Minar Complex

These were the singers who rocked the crowd, huge crowd! Two singers performed each evening.

So, during the games Dehi Govt had organised a variety of activities for promotion of culture of the city.  You had to pick up things of your choice.  You could enjoy live musical concerts, ghazals, Qawallis, food festival, book exhibition of Common Wealth countries, photo exhibitions (See Dilli Nama Pics - An exhibition on Delhi)

 You could enjoy the Ho-Ho ride (Hop on Hop off ride),  and visit the historical places of Delhi.  The known and unknown historial monuments were lit up, the museums, which are many in Delhi (I love them) were also showcasing the rich heritage of the country.  Also, the Nehru Planetarium, which was closed for quite some time for renovation was opened for public sometime on beginning of October. It's a must watch place, I will catch it up soon with my kids.

There were some very useful handouts and brochers given out by Delhi Government, which serve as a guide to the historial monuments and museums and other places of tourist attaractions.  Not just for foreigners, but even for the residents of Delhi, they will serve a great purpose, especially, if you a parent or are interested in visiting places apart from malls and PVRs.  I somehow love to go to such places where you get to learn something.  See the scanned pic of the map, though a small fragment it is, the map was huge.

And this is the pic of Nehru Stadium, which of course looked amazing! The purple colour as seen would change to different hues and it being huge, was visible for a great distance too

And let me share that the Youth Festival, ie Live Band performances and classical performances are still on in the Central Park of Connaught Place of Delhi.

Hope other Delhites too enjoyed the time, as I did.  If you are a Delhite, share your experience.



Anonymous said...

Informative...! good... enjoy the diverse nature of delhi

Harish P I said...

In a nutshell delhiites had a blast! you are not getting the burnt smell, i hope.

Jack said...


Read 2 posts now. I seem to have missed out a lot. May be age factor coupled no push from anyone as grandchildren are too young for all this. I am surely going to take them to Nehru Planetarium as it is open now. And Zoo also. They are 9, 4 and 3. Thanks for the beautiful photographs and information.

Take care

Anu said...

wow! Did you attend any of those concerts?? I'm sure Delhi must have been the most vibrant during CWG!!

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Neo - yup quite diverse!

Harish - LOL :D

Jack - True, ur grand children are quite young for visiting such places, as one has to walk around a lot. but am sure u will enjoy it.

Vaish - I went to the Dillinama photo exhibition and Music concert of Kailash Kher and Javed Ali. It was fun, but very crowded. Yeah, there was a lot to see and experience during games!



Delhi simply rocks ! ... Even durin 'normal' non-game times, the music & theater scene in the city is absolutely fantastic. Esp at LTG, Habitat and SRCPA.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

True! I always wish I had more time, I would always be visiting such places, the arty ones!

Reema said...

oohhh the post motivated me to visit Delhi asap!!

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Reema - :)

Unknown said...

The ongoing Exhibtion in Delhi at India Habitat Centre gives you the opportunity to see and purchase marble and oil painted sculptures that are beautifully carved by famous artist Mr. Neeraj Gupta. the showcase event will go on till 25th January. Please do visit.

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