They say Delhi has had many lovers in its emperors right from the Mughals to the Britishers. Remnants of such love stories lies in bits and pieces across today’s Delhi. For those who visit Delhi are bound to fall in love with the city; if for nothing else then its history. The ancient capital of India – Delhi, has seen many cycles of life, cultures, civilizations as it stands across history.
One such occasion to experience the history is the Sound & Light Show at Old Fort,New Delhi called “Ishq-e-Dilli”. The 60-minutes show which runs through 5,000 years of the Capital’s history surely leaves the audience spellbound. A unique combination of light sound and state of the art laser technology makes the audience glued to their seat and feel proud of their city’s history.
“Ishq-e-Dilli” depicts the spirit of Delhi through a lively narration of the ten cities of Delhi – the formation and resurrection of the city with its phoenix – like character. The narration begins from 11th century in the reign of Prithvi Raj Chauhan and proceeds towards the history of the city associated with Lodhis, Mughals, Britishers & finally independent India. The story takes through the history with the establishment of the first city of Quila Rai Pithora, runs through Qutab-Mehrauli, Kilokri, Siri, Tughlaqabad, Jahanpanah, Firozabad, Shahjahanabad and culminates in modern-day Delhi.
The story also touches parts of Mahabharat and the creation of Indraprastha. It also has interesting facts about the Indian Jewel ‘Kohinoor Diamond’ and the history associated with it. The Kathak rendition on Chhap Tilak, sung by Rekha Bhardwaj, and a Sufi song by Kailash Kher are also pleasant to the ears. At times, the narrator even brings out the connection between historic places like Kilokri and its current geographic locality of Jangpura Extension, or Taimur’s battleground and the present-day Safdarjung Airport. Such connections make you realize that wherever you are in Delhi, there is a piece of history that happened there.
For those who are interested in technology, the show utilizes the technology similar to the ones being used in “Light of Liberty”, Pennsylvania, US, the “Edfu Show” at Pyramids of Gaza, Egypt. The entire narration, sound and music effects promises a wonderful evening. It’s most certainly a place recommended to all, a place to fall in love with Delhi.
Do share your experience if you have visited the place and those who haven’t do let me know if my blog post excites you to visit the show.
Check out more pictures at my Facebook Album Ishq-e-Dilli.
More details regarding tickets and timings can be found at Delhi Tourism Website.