A unique exhibition offering a kaleidoscope of the Capital's rich historical and cultural history, ‘Delhinama — Biography of a Capital city' was inaugurated by Union Minister for Urban Development Jaipal Reddy here on Monday. Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deepak Pental was the guest of honour.

The exhibition is being organised by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India and the India Habitat Centre (IHC).

DUAC chairman K.T. Ravindran said: “The idea is not to produce a comprehensive, homogenous image of the city and its history but to pose questions, offer perspectives and kindle questions in the viewer which would leave them with queries rather than solutions.”

The bilingual exhibition on display during the Commonwealth Games would be held simultaneously at Red Fort and India Habitat Centre after being inaugurated on September 30 and October 1 by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit respectively.

The exhibition will showcase photographs and drawings of archaeological sites, archival maps, original portrayal of Lutyen's Delhi, Harappan civilisation artefacts, satellite images of the city spanning over decades and contemporary pictures of New Delhi, newspaper reportage of important events in the city, paintings and lithographs from various times as well as new maps of previously uncharted aspects of the city and its culture. These have been compiled after over a year of research by a group of scholars, professionals, photographers and historians.

As part of the event, there will be panel discussion by experts on three topics – ‘Who is a Dilliwallah?' ‘Multiplicity of Delhi' and ‘Delhi from Ridge to the River'. The first two will be held at IHC on October 4 and 5, while the last is scheduled to be held at Delhi University on October 20.

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