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New Delhi

By Jyoti Dhar

On the Threshold

Street view of the northern neighborhood of Azadpur in New Delhi. Photo by Varun Shiv Kapur.

The bipolarity of a capital city such as New Delhi is often characterized romantically, from the mythic and medieval to the colonial and contemporary, or cynically, via its urbanized issues of overt materialism, enormous inequalities and inefficient bureaucracies. Somewhere in between is the real and the imagined life of the city—the place for artists to exhibit and perform.

With a staggering 25 million residents, Delhi is the world's second-most-populous metropolis, whose territory extends

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