7 Cities, 7 Shows Contemporary Exhibits to Watch out for this November

A roundup of distinct and unmissable Indian contemporary art shows in November 2019
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Raghu Rai, Madan Mahatta and Habib Rahman come together for a striking display of the Delhi of yore, with 'Delhi That Was'. Starting in the 1950s and continuing with observations by these veteran lensmen for the next fifty years, it's a black and white retrospective on the unseen side of the capital. You can view these insightful (and might we add, intensely culturally-rich photographs) from 11am to 7pm everyday except Monday, till November 12. 

Address Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutub Minar Complex Rd, Mehrauli, Delhi


Jogen Chowdhury is one of India's most eminent painters, with a career spanning over six decades and a repertoire that explores water colours, ink, pastels and oil mediums. 'Reverie and Reality' at Emami Art is a stunning showcase of paintings created by Chowdhury from 1955 to 2015 across varied themes and media, with pieces lent by renowned collectors, galleries and even Bollywood celebrities. Running till December 7, the show is available for viewing from 11am to 7pm on all days, except Mondays. 

Address Emami Art, Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata.


'Maya the Myth' is an egg tempera painting showcase by artist Aasha Radhika. On till November 12, her paintings revolve around femininity, myths and nature, and draw from her personal life. The delicate and gemstone-like hues of blue, accented with silver and gold, make for a unique collection. An egg tempera artist for 20 years, you can sample Radhika's art  between 9.30am and 8pm, on all days, at Alliance Fran&ccedilaise of Hyderabad. 


'Hunar Haat' is a craft and cuisine fair organised by the Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) that has brought together over 300 master artisans from across India. On offer are handicrafts, artworks, jewellery, culinary traditions and organic products in what is a celebration and exchange of indigenous arts and knowledge. Running from 10am to 9pm, it wraps up on November 10, but the fair will visit New Delhi at the International Trade Fair (November14 to 27) and Mumbai from December 20 to December 31. 

Address North Central Zone Cultural Centre, CSP Singh Marg, near Circuit House, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211001


Two equally-riveting exhibits are in store at the DakshinaChitra museum. The first is a 50-year retrospective in the Varija Gallery, comprising etchings, aquatint and archival pigment prints by Lucknow-based printmaker Jai Krishna Agarwal, a legendary artist in this niche in post-Independent India. This show will run till November 30. The second showcase, in the Kadambari Gallery, is 'Folklore Exploring Everyday', running from November 15 to 30. As part of World Heritage Week celebrations, this is a colourful mixed media showcase by D. Joseph Raj depicting the rustic charm of daily life in India.

Address DakshinaChitra Museum, 25 kilometres south of Chennai, off SH49 in Muttukadu. Open everyday from 10am to 7pm, except Tuesdays. 


The Citizens Archive of India, an oral history archive with first-hand accounts from Partition and Independence, has curated its first public show with 'Life As They Knew It'. From childhood anecdotes and chronicling sociocultural change, these are personal retellings of the first generation of Indian citizens, chronicled in the audiovisual domain. Open from 11am to 9pm, on November 14 and 15.

Address Chemould Prescott Road, Queen's Mansion, G. Talwatkar Road, Mumbai. 


'Credo of a Dancer' brings to vivid life the journey and art of Tanjore Balasaraswati, one of India's most iconic Bharatnatyam dancers. Eminent dancer Lalitha Srinivasan will be one of the personalities inaugurating the exhibit, which will follow with a performance by Aniruddha Knight, who is Balasaraswati's grandson. From November 16 to December 1, between 10am to 6pm on all days except Monday, at the Indian Music Experience museum. 

Address Indian Music Experience, opposite the Wood Rose Club, Brigade Millenium Road, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bengaluru.

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