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Title: Building for Modernity in Post Uprising Colonial India: Sanderson’s Survey and other Tales of Modern Indian Architecture
Authors: Sharma, Jyoti Pandey
Keywords: Hybridity
Issue Date: 25-Apr-2017
Publisher: Chitkara University Publications
Abstract: The post-uprising colonial modern state zealously ushered modernity in the Indian Subcontinent. In the domain of architecture, it produced a building frenzy from the implementation of urban improvement schemes to raising infrastructure including buildings patronized by the government, Indian rulers and the masses. In a departure from the state’s view to imposing the Eurocentric, universal idea of modernity as the only legitimate form of architectural expression, the corpus of buildings built at the turn of the century was a hybrid product of entanglement of tradition and modernity. Indeed, the various actors engaged in the production of buildings, from patrons to designers including architects and Mistris (craftsmen) negotiated modernity on their own individual terms in the absence of any established framework. Types of buildings ranged from state buildings for governance to opulent princely palaces to innumerable everyday buildings. This Paper examines the many trajectories of architectural expression that prevailed in the Indian Subcontinent at the turn of the century and argues that the notion of modernity was not homogenous and was characterized by hybridity. It further asserts that this extant building corpus should get its due as modern heritage and be conserved today.
ISSN: Print 2321-3892
Online 2321-7154
Appears in Collections:CS Volume 5 Number 1 (July - 2017)

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