Sunder Nagar in Delhi
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
This remark by Thomas Merton tell us the power and inspiration that any art work provides to its creator as well as to its admirer. If you are the one on the other side of the table, gaping at the beauty and depth these works, unfolding to you in large amounts, then head to the Sunder Nagar market, located near Mathura road, to satisfy your senses and soul.
This posh market in Sunder Nagar Delhi is known for the antiquities, handicraft works, art galleries, curios and silver jewelry. It attracts a lot of swish art lovers of the town.
Quation Exports offers a remarkable variety of traditional craft work including decorated vases, table lamps, hanging lamps, table accessories made of glass, iron, metal showpieces, metal pots, etc.
Curio Palace offers finest handicraft articles including sand glass timers which may remind you of the older ancient times, artistic boxes, umbrella stands made up of brass, engraved brass lamps, telescopes, mirror frames, wooden screens, etc.
Poonam Backliwal Arts and Jewelery, which has been around since 48 years, has old Indian furniture, artifacts to offer. La Boutique, at the same time, are known as pioneers of art trading. Exquisite silver, brass artwares, cabinets, wooden chests, tables, etc are on offer. India Arts Palace, Panna Handicrafts are some of the other eminent shops.
Galleries which are years old like Ladakh Art Gallery, Kumar Gallery, Gallery 29, Studio 55 Art Gallery, Nitanjali Art Gallery, etc are present. While the Ladakh Art Gallery specializes in gold, silver jewelery from Ladakh and Tibet, the Gallery 29 houses one of the richest collection of Pichwai paintings, Tanjore paintings, lithographs, traditional Indian miniature paintings, art works from Islamic tradition, etc. Kumar Gallery boasts of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, John Rockfeller, Satyajit Ray, Lalit Kala Academy, Shammi Kapoor, in its long list of esteemed clients and collectors. It is nearly impossible to find any Indian modernist or artist from the fifties to the nineties, who has not been featured here.
Shop on the Not-to-Miss list ought to be the Regalia Tea House, which offers selected tea from Darjeeling. Its tea tasting sessions with customers are quite popular.
Restaurants like Baci, Navanda's, Nathu Sweets, Spaghetti Kitchen, Harem Opiate, serve delectable food items of variable cuisines. Baci is known for its tempting Italian cuisine while Harem Opiate is quite famous for the Oriental it serves.
How to Reach: Nearest metro station is Pragati maidan. One can also catch an auto rickshaw or a local bus like that of route no. 419, 425, 411, 405A, 429, 423, 438, 274, 403, etc to reach the market place.
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