The type of entertainment common in big Western cities (theatres, concerts, sports events) is somewhat thin on the ground in Delhi, though the city does have a busy cultural scene, especially during the three-week Delhi International Arts Festival. October and March also sees annual or one-off shows and concerts (often free) happening nightly.

Best Lists

Entertainment

Theatre

  • Kingdom of Dreams Bollywood-style theatre extravaganza; the big ticket in town.
  • Akshara Theatre Small, well regarded theatre with intimate drama productions and comedy shows.
  • Open-air Theatre Next door to Kingdom of Dreams, you can watch free performances of traditional Indian music every Saturday evening here.

Cinema

  • Delite Cinema Hindi films only, but worth a peek for the 1950s art-deco and famous extra-large samosas.
  • PVR Plaza Cinema Connaught Place branch of the glossy PVR cinema chain; shows Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters.
  • PVR Priya Cinema PVR's flagship cinema, in Basant Lok Market.

Live Music

  • Open-air Theatre Modest, little-known stage showing free traditional India music on Saturday evenings.
  • Piano Man Jazz Club Long-time expat favourite, and the best place in Delhi to catch live jazz.
  • Moti Mahal Charming Old Delhi restaurant with live qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) most evenings.

Cultural Events