The unforgettable triangular patterns that impressed upon the reminiscences of holiday makers to the commerce gala's at Pragati Maidan over many many years now lie strewn about, decreased to a rubble. The Corridor of Nations & The Corridor of Trade is not any extra. Regardless of protests from conservationists, Raj Rewal’s iconic constructions in-built 1972 needed to make method for a collection of latest complexes. Corridor of Nations was among the many 62 buildings constructed after Independence in Delhi that INTACH had listed as Modern Architectural Heritage of India, for ‘a interval of architectural historical past when India was forging a modern identification’. They have been a marker of the wishes of a newly unbiased nation, of a mind-set that tried to beat a feudal and colonial previous, and visualised a secular method ahead, whereas affirming obliquely the roots and values of an historical civilisation.
To cite Rahul Mehrotra, architect and concrete planner, ‘Inside India’s democratic political framework, numerous aspirations categorical themselves in fully other ways architecturally relatively than permitting one entity to prevail and remake the panorama in its picture. This intrinsic resistance to any singular drive - international capital or political ambition… distinguishes India’s structure from that of, say, China or the Center East’.
Right here’s a have a look at a number of of the numerous constructions from the INTACH record that categorical unitedly a sure austerity of their expression, which is outstanding contemplating the individuality of the architects who introduced them to kind over the many years following India’s Independence.
Supply : INTACH Delhi Chapter, Ram Rahman
Pictures: Madhu Kapparath