Posts Tagged Architecture

Chowmahalla Palace : A Piece of Restored History

Modern Hyderabad is a fast paced, sprawling and high-tech city, very different from the languid paced times of Nizams, but traces of the gracious and aristocratic culture with which this ‘pearl city of India’ is associated are easily visible. Older parts of the city still preserves the old-world charm and houses some exquisite historical monuments…. Read More

Mysterious Kailashnath Temple : A Photo Essay

‘‘Its excellence is beyond the power of description.’’— Pandit Bisheshwar Nath in his book ‘The History of the Rashtrakutas’ about the Kailashnath Temple ‘‘The Kailasa Temple, it is safe to say, is one of the most astonishing ‘buildings’ in the history of architecture.’’—G.E. Kidder Smith, American architectural writer and photographer, in ‘Looking at Architecture’ Younger… Read More

Enigmatic Konark

Poet Rabindranath Tagore said about Konark, ‘‘Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.’’ There can’t be any doubt about it. Today this magnificent replica of Sun God’s chariot is in a bad shape, deteriorating daily, unable to resist the devastating rigors of time. It is an unfortunate fact that Konark is a… Read More

The Panch Rathas of Mahabalipuram

Confucius said, ‘‘Study the past, if you would define the future.’’ Heritage and architectural wonders from our past make us unique. Historical structures bring character and certain charm to the place and people associated. My travels and interaction with local people have always rejuvenated me and I seldom felt tired. Trip to Mahabalipuram was no… Read More

Mahabalipuram : The Elegantly Beautiful Shore Temple

The two-towered Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram stands elegantly overlooking the Bay of Bengal. This shining symbol of the glorious Pallava architecture, surrounded by a great open area and some ruined courts. The tiny town of Mahabalipuram, situated on the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal—in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu—is known by several names… Read More

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai : Revival of a Wonderland

‘‘Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.’’—Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate Collection of objects is a natural human instinct because we are materialistic and curious by nature. Everybody collects something. Aristocrats and moneybags collect for their love of art or to satisfy their ego. Historically, the beginning of collecting various objects of art… Read More

Barabar : Earliest Rockcut Architecture in India

  ‘‘Mystery is the message—just the effort to interpret is hope, just the trial and error.’’—Christopher Woodman Barabar Caves are believed to be the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India. Historians are sanguine that Barabar caves represent the beginnings of the tradition of rock-cut architecture in India. These caves mostly date from the Maurya Empire… Read More

The Gateway of India, Mumbai

  Written on the top panel is ‘‘Erected to commemorate the landing India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second of December MCMXI.’’ But the fact is when their majesties arrived at the Wellington Pier (Apollo Bunder); there was no Gateway of India. Its underpinnings hadn’t even been laid… Read More