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Coffee Table book on Architecture & Landscape

Coffee Table book on Architecture & Landscape

Ambassador Navdeep Suri presented UAE Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan with the coffee Table book titled Work of Beauty : Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The book has been published by Publications Division , Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

UAE Minister of Tolerance had visited the India Pavilion of the ongoing Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2019 . India is the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the Book Fair.

The official residence of President of India in the Book has been beautifully captured in lens by celebrated photographer Ram Rahman and edited by renowned historian Narayani Gupta.

The architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan is an interesting example of Imperial architecture designed during a period of growing anti colonial feeling. It is an awe-inspiring structure, a stolid symbol of British imperialism (interestingly, its façade is the same length— 630 ft—as that of Buckingham Palace).

It is, however, also a sign of the times of the pre Independent India. Early twentieth century India was simmering with anti-British sentiment, and a need to show some respect for Indian tradition meant that this grand new building had to be more than just a European edifice sitting grandly in an Indian setting.

The chhajjas (dripstones) or the marble floor inlaid with coloured stone, or the elegant floral-carved stone jalis (screens)— are all Indian architectural elements.

The building made in red and buff sandstone is another standing testimony of the Indian imprint in the grand heritage building set in Lutyen’s Delhi , surrounded by the famous Mughal Gardens.

The book was commissioned by President's Secretariat and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India and published by the Publications Division under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
(UPDATED ON APRIL 29TH, 2019)