An ode to the immortal structures of Independent India

AUG 14, 2019 | By Vedika Nair

In a country graced with enchanting Mahal’s and Haveli’s the rise of architecture put India on the map to improving designs and visually pleasing edifices. In a land of brilliant fusions, the Indo-Saracenic revival birthed some of the most glorious architectural feats in Independent India.

British colonization brought about changes in the architectural styles of our country. The Mughal-Gothic style saw a blend of architecture from the Mughal era with Neoclassical styles favoured in Britain. To name a few, The Mysore Palace, The Chepauk Palace The Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai.

These edifices embody the intricate detailing of the indo-saracenic revival, be it in the architecture or the design. The beauty of these structures is timeless and will always be restored as a symbol of glory for independent India.

These styles were clearly visible in the public and government buildings like the clock towers, courthouses and town halls. These structures were rising in all the major Indian cities that were on their road to development.

The buildings were all about pointed arches, vaulted roofs, pinnacles, open pavilions and pierced open arcading. Some of the edifices we see today are probably equipped to modern architectural standards but will always leave behind a colonial tinge to their character.

Structures like town halls and courtrooms still possess interiors that take us back to the days of the Britishers. The interiors in these buildings encompass a very rustic vibe. Some of these buildings have been restored, but a few still remain with their vintage qualities. Today, India is home to some of the most visually appealing buildings but our roots will always remain the same. Redbrick structures, curved arches with tiled walls that depict art, will remain to visually entice us…