I got a very pleasant surprise last week while walking through the Bhikaji Cama Commercial Complex in South Delhi. I came across a street theater group performing in an open square and they had a little audience too. It was for the first time that I saw a commercial space in Delhi being put to a creative use. The play was enacted by an ‘MBA & Mass Communication Institute.’ Their themes were focused on women’s empowerment and the part that I saw sounded very much like that of Asmita, a well-known theater group in Delhi .
I look forward to my official visits these days to BCP (Bhikaji Cama Place), New Delhi, adjoining Safdarjung Enclave – because it gives me the chance to indulge myself in my latest passion, photography.
If you look around here with the eyes of a nature lover, you will find an interesting angle in every corner with a rich, sensuous appeal because of the lush greenery surrounding it and the pink and creamish-yellow colour of the buildings. During spring, this place gets embellished further with the blossoms of Semal and Bougainvillea flowers.
Delhi has many other commercial complexes, e.g., Rajendra Place, Nehru Place, Ranjit Nagar, just to name a few. The one at Rajendra Place has a little lake too. But I find none of them as pretty as BCP.
BCP is, in fact, a photographer’s delight and not many are even aware of it! It could be because office-goers are generally engrossed with so many other things, office politics, work targets, career problems, job security, family issues, etc, etc. Like me when I was younger.
Out of curiosity, I recently looked up the history of BCP in Google. This was what I found. 1. It was built by the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in the 80s over an area of 35 acres. 2. A recent survey done by Svayam – National Centre for Inclusive Environments had this to say , “Today the complex has become a symbol of utter disdain for public property and lack of maintenance and is in shambles. Though it stands in the heart of South Delhi, the complex today exposes the apathy of the administration.”
I found the survey findings very shocking and disappointing!
Anyway, let’s keep aside the survey and walk together through these pics. They are just 2 months old. Do they match with Svayam’s description?