Updated: October 10, 2015 5:42:41 pm
Delhi, it’s difficult to explain what one feels for this city; often adoration mixed with apprehension. But the one who has come to Delhi, sure takes home a memory worth keeping. The history, its walls, its roads, its streets and monuments speak for its timeless beauty despite all the shortcomings.
Delhi is “The power of splendor and the splendor of power. A timeless cauldron of cultures” said Delhi-based photographer Anurag Jetly, who has exhibited his love for Delhi in his latest video “Dilli Timelapse”, which has perfectly captured over 50 locations; of all the city is famous for.
The video, a collection of about 150,000 shots put together to make a sequence, shows the capital in all its splendour: dawn, dusk, shadows, moments, from people hopping onto the Delhi Metro to people praying in huge numbers at Jama Masjid. “It’s the charm of the city I wanted to capture,” said Jetly.
When the images flash in front of your eyes, one wonders whether it’s the magic the newest drone technology Jetly must have used to photograph the city from a vantage point. To this, Jetley said, “I took the top-angle shots from the Civic Centre, the tallest building in Delhi. You can see both old and new Delhi from the top.” Rightly so, one can see the glory of Shahjanabad and the understated elegance of Lutyens Delhi from the building opposite the capital’s New Delhi Railway Station.
Jetly began working on the video at the beginning of 2014 and he admits it was a tough job, because what’s Delhi without its politics and distinct monumental structures. He has shot the Rashtrapati Bhavan with its beautiful lawns and water bodies, Parliament street and other monuments, which needed government permissions. “I fought my way through it,” he laughed while adding, “I pleaded I am doing this for Delhi for free, there is no point they should refuse.”
However, to capture the kind of pictures he wanted for the video, government permissions became a reasonable bit of bother. “I got the permissions in early May last year so I had to click most of my shots in peak summer. There was also a time when I was almost attacked by a bunch of 50 monkeys while shooting from the walls of Tughlakabad road,” he said.
Jetly, who was helped by Delhi Tourism Ministry for permissions, plans to give the video to them as a chronicle of the city. “We don’t have such a Delhi timelapse video so I will offer them the video to use it for Delhi tourism,” he said.
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