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Lodi Art District – Exploring Delhi’s Urban Art Scene

On a hot and humid day of July, a band of amateur and professional photographers set off to discover a colorful part of their city.

This part of the city is “hidden” in plain sight. It’s a known secret that many, myself included, have overlooked primarily because we never took that one turn, off the main road, or maybe in the back of our minds thought that it would still be there whenever we wanted to visit it. But, as the world becomes more and more unpredictable each day, maybe it’s not a good idea to delay these moments, these excursions that we take for granted.

Art Takes Over - Lodi Art District

Space Travel via Urban Art in New Delhi

New Delhi has changed tremendously over the last decade. Traffic, construction, and just an ever-growing loss of patience has made the city where I grew up a true melting pot, the kind that boils over and every now and then erupts like a volcano through its citizens in the form of road rage or something of the sorts.

Still, Delhi is home, it’s part of me, of us, and no matter where in the world I go, I’ll always be that boy from “South-Delhi”.

The Lava Tree - Lodi Art District

The Last Shot of the Day - Lodi Art District

Burst of Colour - Lodi Art District

Posters and Car Parks - Urban Art

Street Art on the other hand has become a rage across the world. The good kind of rage that is. A method to “beautify” plain and drab surroundings, maybe add a touch of colour to dull buildings, a way to express, a tool to demonstrate, a chance to surprise the unknowing visitor, irrespective of the size or location, street art has mostly been welcomed in cities in its varied formats.

While driving through Delhi and its suburbs you are more than likely to come across more “street art” albeit on a much smaller scale and scattered across at times in the form of advertising, general public announcements, or promotion of a cause. The Lodi Art District though is in a league of its own where huge road-side walls of residential apartment blocks have been given to artists from all over the world as blank canvases.

An initiative by St+Art India Foundation, a drive/bike ride/walk through the streets of this district, which is quite central to the city and right next to India Habitat Center, is pure visual joy full of imaginative surprises and moments of awe. The “Art” is on a grand scale and diverse, one that ranges from celebrating heritage and traditions of the country we live in to abstract and often thoughtful pieces – like the building with perpendicular letters on the wall which at first looks rather plain but when seen at the right time (10:00 AM to about 3:00 PM) of the day makes for a beautiful statement of words since the sun’s rays pierce through them reflecting a shadow making the words appear almost magically.

The Back Lanes - Behind the Art - Lodi Art District

Shutters - Lodi Art District

The Corn Seller - Lodi Art District

Swinging on the Gate - Lodi Art District

There’s a story behind each piece, but I preferred not to read about them beforehand, letting the art impact me on a more personal level so I could take away from it what I though it meant and portrayed.

As I and my fellow photographers strolled on, one late afternoon, on a hot day in July – not really the best time of the year – we went about not only capturing the beauty of this “urban art”, but also its surroundings and how in some places the city had taken over the art – posters – and at others nature had emerged from the background as eager as us possibly to see these beautiful collages.

Bird - Lodi Art District

When the Sun Shines - Lodi Art District

Behind the Facade - Lodi Art District

Tyre Repair - Lodi Art District

And then there were the people – a lady selling char-grilled corn on the roadside, the man selling gol-gappas off his stand, another one carrying a basket of jamun on his head, and the children swinging by a gate who stopped me and asked to be photographed.

It’s these little moments that come together and add to the enjoyment; mixing photography, art, friends, and people together, making me forget that my shirt was soaking wet in sweat and permitting me to just take in the city for what it is , good on some days and not-so-good on others, radiant one moment and dirty or dull the next.

But it is a city that has been an integral part of my soul and in a funny way this little walk through the Lodi Art District allowed me to rediscover it all over again…

Urban Art at Lodi Art DistrictWater is Life - Lodi Art DistrictGlobal Warming - Lodi Art DistrictWe Love Dehi - Lodi Art District

Look inot my eyes - Urban ArtAll Smiles - Lodi Art DistrictAt Dusk the Birds Come Home - Lodi Art DistrictBroken Letters - Lodi Art DistrictUrban Art in New Delhi

The Elephant Tree - Lodi Art DistrictThe Scooterwala - Lodi Art DistrictUp Close to the Street Art - Lodi Art DistrictLodi Art District - New Delhi

The Way to Life - Urban Art

Dusk at Lodi Art District

The Boy on the Street - Lodi Art District


  • arv!
    Posted 12 October, 17 at 10:38 PM

    I always thought that street art and graffiti like is missing in India. Something that’s incredibly popular in south America, US and few European countries. But here you are with this post. Love GoPro shots…the way it gives distorted look.

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 13 October, 17 at 10:06 AM

      Thanks Arv and yes GoPro is really cool with its wide angle shots giving it a unique perspective. Great place to spend a couple of hours if you’re here.

      • arv!
        Posted 13 October, 17 at 11:37 AM

        It definitely is! Unfortunately, my visit to NCR is usually “in-transit” or for a specific work which leaves no room to explore!

        • Post Author
          Ticker Eats The World
          Posted 13 October, 17 at 11:45 AM

          Ah! Well someday, even half hour is enough to drive around although more time lets you explore it properly.

          • arv!
            Posted 13 October, 17 at 11:47 AM

            Surely…someday! 🙂

  • Pooja Thapliyal
    Posted 13 October, 17 at 10:03 AM

    Loved the pictures. I too clicked few when I was in Lodhi one day. Street art should be encouraged more in other parts to Delhi too..

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 13 October, 17 at 10:05 AM

      Thanks. There are a few here and there but I think the lack of flat facing walls might be an issue. Some of the bridges have, but it’s not organised like the Art District so no one knows where to look in other parts. In Gurgaon they built special walls last year by the roadside for street art, but their conditions now are degrading.

  • anindya0909
    Posted 14 October, 17 at 7:28 AM

    Wondefrul post. Next time I am in Delhi please take me around for all these places. Street Art is a huge phenomenon across the world as you have said and I love capturing the street art phenomenon.

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 14 October, 17 at 7:01 PM

      Deal, just give me a head up. It’s quite central and although we walked but if you drive around, you can cover most of it in about an hour easily.

      • anindya0909
        Posted 21 October, 17 at 1:26 PM

        I will go with you only Sir

  • brokelings
    Posted 16 October, 17 at 4:34 PM

    Looks great, there are more things to look forward to in Delhi now than just mainstream tourism!

  • Joanna
    Posted 24 October, 17 at 9:28 PM

    I loved your story and how your photography adventure was so much more than just that, because of the people you’ve met. It reminded me of the time when I decided to go off the beaten path and go explore Delhi beyond the touristic attractions, meet its people and its stories. You however showed me a Delhi that I don’t recognise, a beautiful art scene. Because every time I think of Delhi I think of grey and dust and no colors. Beautiful post!

  • Lisa
    Posted 24 October, 17 at 11:16 PM

    I’ve never heard of this place, but it’s sure colourful. I like street art, and this district has plenty to please people. I like the way you also include photos of the people, it sets the scene well.

  • Maggie
    Posted 24 October, 17 at 11:42 PM

    That’s some detailed street art! I love all the colors. These artists are amazingly talented, I love visiting cities with street art.

  • Verity
    Posted 25 October, 17 at 1:53 AM

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! So colourful!

  • David Meldrum
    Posted 25 October, 17 at 1:33 PM

    Street art really is beautiful and I love how some of these pieces of art take up whole wall faces on buildings. Some very talented artists in Delhi. Street food vendors are also some of the best food you will ever try. Well that’s the case in Thailand anyway.

  • Janiel
    Posted 25 October, 17 at 8:07 PM

    Now this is a post I truly enjoyed! I had no idea that New Dehli was this artistic. I really love street art and could use some of the photos as prints on my wall as my whole sitting room area is full of color and life. Being an artist myself I enjoyed the faces, photography and could really feel the love and passion for your city coming out in the post. I don’t know if I could personally handle the sweaty shirt humid conditions myself, so I may have to plan a visit in the cooler months (if India has those, lol). Thanks again, really enjoyed this one.

  • Soumya Nambiar
    Posted 25 October, 17 at 11:35 PM

    It is so rare to find good street art here in India and the ones in Lodhi Art district are all so beautiful. If I saw such beautiful street artworks, I wouldn’t mind much about the weather either. Hope more places around India encourage these initiatives.

  • Sara Essop
    Posted 26 October, 17 at 12:31 AM

    What beautiful street art! I wish that I had seen this when i was in Delhi. It’s a beautiful way to add colour to the city…and dare I say.. to the residents’ lives too. Of course, no Indian street scene is complete without the ubiquitous street food vendors selling their delicious wares.

  • rhiydwi
    Posted 26 October, 17 at 2:05 PM

    The street art is just breathtaking!! I didn’t know such scenes existed in Delhi! The picture on the blue wall of the old lady – I’ve seen a very, very similar piece of art in both Colombia and Peru, and every time I see something similar it takes my breath away. I think it’s to do with the wisdom portrayed in the old woman’s eyes, even though she’s just painted on a wall. It’s remarkable.

  • rhiydwi
    Posted 26 October, 17 at 2:07 PM

    The street art is breathtaking! I didn’t realise such scenes even existed in Delhi! The blue wall with the old lady – I’ve seen a very similar piece of art in both Colombia and Peru, and every time it takes my breath away. Probably to do with how there is wisdom portrayed in the old lady’s eyes, even though she’s just a painting on a wall. It’s incredible.

  • heraafarooq
    Posted 27 October, 17 at 12:05 PM

    I haven’t seen such an artistic place before. I has no idea such places existed in Delhi. I loved the multi colored building and the building with alphabets hanging looks so unique.

  • Joseph Emerson
    Posted 2 December, 17 at 8:44 AM

    Great art and writing. Love the pictures. 👍

  • Swati Jain
    Posted 5 February, 18 at 6:28 PM

    Well I am actually exploring Delhi this year and this blog of yours really attracts me. This is so vibrant and for the fact that you don’t get much of a good street art in India. This weekend is surely booked for this one 🙂

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  • ostendnomadography
    Posted 5 April, 18 at 6:05 PM

    Fantastic blogpost, as an avid street art lover/photographer…. really like your post:). Street art hunting in Delhi, it’s on my bucket list, thanks:).

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 5 April, 18 at 8:13 PM

      There’s actually more around here. I found some in a village nearby, so a post will come up soon. Also within Delhi, I have come to know about a couple more places and shall explore them soon.

      • ostendnomadography
        Posted 5 April, 18 at 8:17 PM

        Looking forward to ur next blogposts:).

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  • Alba Mcduffy
    Posted 2 October, 19 at 2:50 PM

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