Dayal’s lifetime Delhi was just another city close to
his birthplace – Meerut. Delhi though a historic metropolis
is a 20th century city built on the ruins of 7 cities, each
of which was the capital of a powerful empire. Modern Delhi
was commissioned only in 1930 and hence images from Dayal’s
collection reflect the old ruins and monuments.
architecture of medieval Delhi is Indo Islamic with some of
the monuments embodying Hindu designs and structure as in Kutub
Minar and Firozshah Kotla. The Red Fort on the banks of the
Yamuna was built by Shah Jehan and consists of several interesting
structures within- the halls of public and private audience,
the Moti Masjid etc. Nearby is the Juma Masjid, one of the largest
mosques in India, its rather deserted look of 1890s now replaced
by a bustling market place all around.
Delhi has a lot to offer the tourist by way of its historical