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A Work of Beauty: The Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhavan

edited by Narayani Gupta; photography by Ram Rahman, Publications Division, 2016, 270 p, col & b/w plates, ISBN : 9788123021270, $105.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Work of Beauty: The Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhavan

Contents: Preface. Introduction/Narayani Gupta. I. Genealogy. 1. Architecture as power 1803-1912/Amar Farooqui. 2. The struggle with modernity 1870s-1920s/Amit Srivastava. II. The House. 3. The architect-A singular clarity 1912-31/Rajiv Narain. 4. The craftspeople's moment 1912-13/Anisha Shekhar Mukherji. III. The Setting. 5. The house in its garden/A.G.K. Menon and M. Shaheer. 6. The city on the plain/Narayani Gupta. 7. Some reflections/Benjamin Tindall. Bibliography. Demystifying 'Styles'. Chronology. Acknowledgements. Index.

This exhaustive volume documents the entire landscape around and architecture of the Rashtrapati Bhavan estate, starting from its construction as Government House, after the capital of British India shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.

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