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Mughal-E-Azam: Fit For Royalty

Mughal-E-Azam: Fit For Royalty

A TV channel has recently been scaling high TRPs with the story of Jodha Akbar. It has a cost-effective set design that uses a few stock locations for every scene and uses wind-blown curtains, outdoor shots, ambient lighting and expensive furnishings to convey opulence. A few years ago, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film of the same name […]






The Man Behind The Louvre Pyramid

The Man Behind The Louvre Pyramid

Very few modern landmarks have the kind of instant recall as The Louvre Pyramid, designed by Leoh Ming Pei. It even featured in the Dan Brown bestseller The Da Vinci Code and the cinematic version celebrated the angular mystery of the structure. ** It is a radical departure from its historic context and had attracted a lot […]






Hikmat: The Sculptor Of Baghdad

Hikmat: The Sculptor Of Baghdad

Politics and wars decimate history, memory, geography, architecture, human life and art. No city knows this better than Baghdad. Baghdad has been battered by decades of war and has lost among other things a sense of normalcy that human existence thrives on. In the worst of times, art comes to the rescue of the human spirit and reminds it […]






Zaha Hadid: Fearless Energy

Zaha Hadid: Fearless Energy

Can architecture have a gender? A feminine perspective maybe? Especially if it is a Zaha Hadid building? Frozen like a giant wave between the earth and the sky? Immovable but fluid? Like time made visible with its many flowing curves and pauses? The geometry in Hadid’s work demonstrates that the source of creation has no gender. A creative impulse […]






Frank Gehry: The Deconstructionist

Frank Gehry: The Deconstructionist

Structure is at times over-emphasised in architecture. It is not just what is seen and what can be touched that is important in a building but what flows inside it..what can be felt. Frank Gehry, arguably the most famous architect in the world today is a master orchestrator of subliminal experience. Of creating buildings that come across as […]






Jackson Pollock: Art That Roared

Jackson Pollock: Art That Roared

There is a moment in the 2003 Julia Roberts starrer  Mona Lisa Smile where Katherine Ann Watson, an art lecturer  introduces her students to Jackson Pollock’s art and there is a hush in the room as a larger-than-life canvas fills up the silence with a wordless roar. There is nothing to say really because Pollock’s art […]






Stepping On A Moonstone

Stepping On A Moonstone

 I visited Sri Lanka last year and that is the first time I  came across a sandakada pahana or a moonstone. This is a semi-circular stone that is seen at the entrance of the temples at Anuradhapuram and Polonnaruwa. Buddhism flourished here and the moonstone became more and more pronounced with intricate carvings and came a […]






Louis Kahn: The Tragic Genius

Louis Kahn: The Tragic Genius

Linear perfection. Monastic lines. Reductionist volumes. Unadorned surfaces. Geometric harmony. That in a nutshell was the work of Louis Isadore Kahn (born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky), widely known as one of the most influential architects in the world. There was something starkly original and intellectually stimulating about his work. His buildings were like mathematical theorems, well-realised to the last brick but with […]






DIY Magic With Bosch

DIY Magic With Bosch

A few weeks back, I discovered the joy of using a tool I did not even know the name of. I spent an engrossing afternoon, etching a wooden tile with a  Buddha head, burnishing it and feeling rewarded. Being an artist sometimes limits you to one way of looking at the world and interpreting it. […]






Botanical Walls

Botanical Walls

There may come a time when there won’t be enough land for vegetation to grow upon. When we will have more buildings than trees and open tracts of green will be a fading memory. Look around you. It is already happening. The land feuds. The scramble to build more and more concrete jungles where an overture to a […]






Buildings On Film

Buildings On Film

Taj Mahal. A beautiful mausoleum that in popular culture, in poetry and in cinema,  has come to embody deathless romance. Princess Diana on her much celebrated visit to India posed alone on a bench with the Taj as a backdrop just to rub her loneliness in and to make the absence of her spouse obvious . […]






Green Luxury

Green Luxury

In the Kamal Haasan starrer Pushpaka Vimana (1987), the story unfolded in the suites, balconies and gardens of a five star hotel. The idea was to pit a few ordinary mundane lives against excessive luxury. The idea of luxury then was limited to carpetted rooms, fluffy beds, marble floors and blinding chandeliers. Over the years however the idea of […]






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