Photo essay: Colorful Delhi

Stories | 04.09.2020
Anindito Mukherjee
Independent documentary photographer based in India
"Dilwalon ki Delhi", which can be translated as "Delhi belongs to the people of heart", is not a mere phrase but an attitude that the capital city of India flaunts. New Delhi is not just the epicentre of political power of the country but also a melody of art, culture, history, and traditions that represents the Indian diaspora. Its ancient monuments and historical artefacts tell the story of India's golden past, while its towering skyscrapers, metalled wide roads, and state-of-the-art commercial spaces speak volumes about modernisation and development.

Holi Colors Festival, which takes place in India every spring, turns picturesque New Delhi into a sea of colors. People from all over the country come to the capital to celebrate the holiday and immerse themselves in the atmosphere. The name of the festival is associated with the name of Holika, an evil spirit which died on this day according to ancient legends. Therefore, the first days of the full moon in India are considered the time of the victory of good over evil.
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"Delhi also has myriad shades of life and reality. From the stressed suave corporate stranded in traffic to the struggling roadside vendor smiling from behind his little stand – every form of human experience and emotion is readily available here. Delhi is a city loved by tourists as well as its inhabitants for it is a city of life and spice! "
Words and images by Anindito Mukherjee
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