Founded in June, 2020, Zikr-e-Dilli is a digital depository of material-spatial memories, history and narratives of the city of Delhi.
"I have been moving around in different spaces of Delhi for last 10-11 years; from South Delhi to North to Old to South-West Delhi. There is no one experience – the spaces are so contingent that they evoke very different memories; from love to critique and hate to hope"
Anukriti Gupta (in an interview to Dhaara Magazine)
Anukriti Gupta is a Ph.D. candidate at Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds an M. Phil. degree in Women’s Studies from JNU, a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi and a B.A (Hons.) degree in English from Lady Shri Ram College. Her research profile was recently shared by British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) in its GEC Researcher's Corner. Anukriti's research interests include gender, space, faith-practices, material culture and public history. She curates and edits Zikr-e-Dilli's ongoing project, Living Museum of Delhi.
Anukriti arrived in Delhi 11 years ago and for her, every day since then has been an attempt at finding herself in the city and finding the city.
"That is what I would like to end with- it’s very difficult to define (spirit of Delhi) for us also since we have experienced Delhi in very different ways. Still, we want to see Delhi as a hopeful space for people who are living here and people who want to come here and experience this space"
Tanuja Bhakuni (in an interview with Dhaara Magazine)
Tanuja Bhakuni is a Doctoral candidate at Centre for
Women Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. She completed her MPhil in Women Studies from JNU, Master's in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi and B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Her research interests include visual cultures, gender, cityscape, city-spaces, public memory, history and nostalgia.
Though born and brought-up in Delhi NCR, it was only during her Bachelor's degree from DU that she experienced the city of Delhi as an individual – a young woman travelling and witnessing the city on her own. For past 11 years, her varying links to and inhabitation of different spaces in Delhi through education, work, leisure and people have brought her closer to understanding the city and herself better.