Dome over India: Rashtrapati Bhavan

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India Book House, 2002 - Architecture - 149 pages
-- Fresh interpretation of Edwin Lutyens from an Indian perspective
-- Original analysis of borrowed Indian elements of the design

The magnificent edifice of Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly Government or Viceroy's House, is a "palace" bigger than Versailles. The last great impression of imperial might, it has witnessed events central to modern Indian history, and is today the official residence of the president of India. Written from an Indian perspective, this is the first comprehensive work on the many aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Opening with the historical context surrounding the creation of New Delhi, Dome Over India examines the complex behind-the-scenes discussions that took place before work could begin on the building. The central figure here is that of the architect, Edwin Landseer Lutyens who, dismissive of India tradition, was eventually coerced into "Indianizing" its design. Aman Nath provides a fresh interpretation of the controversies that cloud the legacy of this complex personality.

Dome Over India takes the reader on a tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan, from the Buddist-inspired dome, through the formal ceremonial halls, and into the splendid Mughal Garden, with a mix of history, anecdote and architectural analysis revealing the vast building as never before. The people who have lived and worked and visited here -- viceroys and presidents, heads of state and ambassadors, artists and freedom fighters -- all form part of the story of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Lavishly illustrated with over 200 specially commissioned photographs combined with archival material, Dome Over India will be an exhilerating experience for anyone interested in history, architecture and interiors.

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