Dehi, a new artistic capital?

For the last years, Indian capital has become a new cultural centre. Contemporary Art has conquered this city by convincing its inhabitants and travellers from the world. Multiplication of art galleries, expositions and artistic installations proves contemporary art success. Street art, which belongs to this movement, is specially echoed in this city. Areas become playgrounds for worldwide artists.


Why Delhi’s inhabitants are so receptive to street art?


Street art, in its most discrete and basic forms, was always present in Indians’ everyday life. Store façades, directions in the subway, rickshaws and trucks are mostly decorated manually. Furthermore, capital’s inhabitants aren’t reluctant to see the walls of their houses becoming multicolour frescos. For us, all this means the renovation of their area.


Among those areas, the most famous is Shahpur Jat. This enclave of South Delhi is a greater place to live a breath-taking experience. Historically known for being the designers’ area, Shahpur Jat welcomed dozen of artists in 2014 for the first edition of St+ Art Delhi Festival. This event was a huge hit. The promoters wanted to repeat it in 2015. To the great surprise of most of the organizers, famous street artists participated in 2014 and in 2015. Among them, we could find the Indian woman ANPU, the Indian man Inkbrushnme Dube and the German TOFU and 1010.


After few years, this area literally metamorphosed into the “fashion hub” of Delhi. Many trendy coffee shops opened. Streets became orange or pink. Famous designers founded their own fashion houses. Very quickly and for everyone’s happiness, real estate rocketed (x3).

The two most famous streets of Shahpur Jat are: Fashion Street and Dada Jungi House.


In 2015, St+ Art Festival broadened to new areas such as Lodhi Colony, Moolchand or Khan Market. The artistic development has magically contributed to the birth of atypical districts, increasingly opened to street art and creativity.


The area of Khirki Extension was the first witness of this cultural explosion in Delhi. We can see the first graffiti of the town. We can also visit Khoj. This artists’ centre aims to promote Indian contemporary artists and to encourage creativity. Here is a list of inescapable galleries to visit according to the Khoj:

The Palette Art Gallery

14, Golf Links

New Delhi – 110003

# 011 41743034 / 24611483 / 24691053

Gallery Threshold

F-213/A, Lado Sarai

New Delhi – 110030

# 011 41829181, 9810401265

Latitude 28

F 208, Ground Floor

Lado Sarai

New Delhi – 110030

# 01146791111

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

145 DLF South Court Mall


New Delhi – 110017

# 01149160000

Delhi Art Gallery Private Limited

11, Hauz Khas Village

New Delhi – 110016

#011 46005300

Vadhera Art Gallery 

D-40, Defence Colony

New Delhi 110024

# 011 24622545/24615368

National Gallery of Modern Art

(Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India)

Jaipur House, India Gate

New Delhi – 110003

Devi Art Foundation 

Sirpur House

Plot No. 39

Sector 44, Gurgaon

# 0124-4888177

Website :


When travellers visit the Khoj, they usually stop at Chill&Chaï for breakfast, lunch or just for a drink. This coffee shop looks like to trendy Brooklyn coffee shops. It’s the perfect place to rest or to discuss about art around a delicious Chaï prepared by the chief Mosses.

Website :


Other art events to come: