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Afternoon at Triveni Kala Sangam

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Lunch at Triveni Kala Sangam

Lunch at Triveni Kala Sangam

Triveni Kala Sangam hosts classes in art, photography, music and dance. Lunch here is popular among students and people of artistic temperament. Well known for its parathas, it is possibly the only proper restaurant in Delhi that serves home style north Indian food.


The restaurant is at the back of the building. It has an interior area and offers exterior seating as well. The exterior is adjacent to a green amphitheater and made visually pleasant with a rich display of plants. The menu rotates on a weekly basis.  We had roti (non-leavened flat bread with whole wheat), daal (lentil soup of the day), red hot pepper paratha (pan fried non-leaved spicy flaky bread with regular wheat flour), lamb kabobs (grilled, spiced and minced lamb meat cakes), dry spiced potatoes and curried keema (minced meat with peas in a spicy curry). This simple and delicious meal was followed up by excellent espresso coffee.

Restaurant: Patio seating at Triveni

Restaurant: Patio seating at Triveni

Window shopping:

Inside the small complex there is a garden shop that sells hand crafted terra cotta garden toys – small birds, bird feeders, fountains, wind chimes. It is a pleasant stroll even if you are not buying anything.


At the time of writing, Triveni was exhibiting works of James Waterhouse from Alkazi Foundation of Arts. In particular the photographs of Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal (around 1862) were exceptional. These ladies – Sikandar Begum, her daughter Shah Jehan Begum and grand-daughter Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan ruled Bhopal between mid 1800s to early 1900s. These were no times for Muslim women to be doing anything independent let alone be ruling a large province. Only by looking at these portraits – intelligent eyes, steely stare and determined jawline – can one see why these women could possibly rule.

Written by Som

January 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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