Building a ‘living museum’ of Indian heritage: The history of ‘indigenous’ architecture
India’s indigenous architects have created a living museum that will chronicle the past and present of the country’s architectural heritage.
The Living Museum of Indias architecture will feature work by more than 50 indigenous architects, including prominent figures from the history of Indian architecture, from the ancient to the modern.
The exhibit, set to open next month, will be the first time the country has hosted a major exhibition of its architecture, said the architect and urban designer N. R. Prabhu.
The museum, which has been in the works for more than a year, will also be the site of the first major architectural exhibition in India.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for the Indian architectural community,” Prabhuti said.
“This exhibition will not only serve as a landmark in the history and the heritage of Indian architects, but also to bring together the architectural traditions of the people from different parts of India, as well as a global audience, including international architects, architects from the United States and the United Kingdom, as diverse as students from the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA).”
The museum is expected to open in October in New Delhi’s iconic Indira Gandhi Hall.
Prashant Prabhakar, one of the architects working on the project, said he was looking forward to “exposing the richness of Indian culture, and its importance in the world.”
“Indians are the architects, the creators of the Indian heritage and its contribution to the global landscape,” Prakhari said.
The project is part of the government’s ongoing drive to build a living heritage in the country, including a series of exhibitions aimed at educating the public about the countrys architecture.
The National Gallery of Art in New York is building a museum to honor the country that was built from scratch.
The Indias National Archives and History Museum will also have a museum devoted to the country.
“I hope this will bring more awareness to the national history, and also of the national architecture,” said Prabhat Naidu, a professor of urban studies at IIT Kanpur.
“Indias national architecture is the epitome of Indian civilization.”