DELHI – THE CULTURAL CAPITAL

DELHI – THE CULTURAL CAPITAL

New Delhi is not just the administrative capital of India, but it is also the cultural capital of the country, with different tehzeebs and religious diversities, along with ethnicity that are clearly visible. Delhi is vibrant and dynamic, with variations in food, fashion, religion and language that is to be seen everywhere. This is a very old city, dating back to the times of Mahabharata, when it was called ‘Indraprastha’. Today, people from all over India and all walks of life, come to earn their livelihood and thus make it their home city. This city is also the Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English literary hub, with literary fests organized every year. It is the local fashion too, that has changed over the years, as Delhi has become a cosmopolitan hub with the passage of time. Here, you find girls wearing salwar kameez and at the same time denims too, which is a contrasting visual. Women prefer wearing Indian sarees as everyday wear, and during special occasions, they are in lehenga cholis, Anarkalis or kurtis. The same goes for men. They are in formals (shirts & trousers) during weekdays, denims and T-shirts during weekends and kurta pyjama during festive occasions. The cuisine of Delhi too, is diverse. You cannot take the name of one particular dish, and call it a Delhi specialty. Since people have migrated from all over India, they have brought with themselves, their regional cuisines.

 

The Overall Fashion Scene

Delhi has changed over the years, from what it was in the 80’s and 90’s. Today, the women folk in particular, is much more conscious about her fashion and creates her own style statement. Young Delhiites are considered to be much more trendy and fashion conscious than any other city in India. But during festivals like Diwali, Holi and Navratri; it is a completely traditional look everywhere. The women folk are in lehenga cholis and sarees, featuring bright colors with rich embroidery. The rich and affluent girls of Delhi, mostly prefer wearing designer lehengas and Indo Western gowns for special occasions like parties and weddings. While on normal days, they prefer wearing denims, salwar kameez or kurtis in soft and soothing colors. Food too is different with the north Indians preferring the Roti or Chapati (wheat pancake) with some sabji or vegetables or with chicken or mutton curry, whereas the south Indian community sticking to their dosa, idli, upma, sambar and rasam. So, you find all these diversities in one single city that has people from all walks of life, ethnicity, beliefs and religion. This is truly amazing and incredible India!

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