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Maniam PS
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We have heard of various architectures in India e.g. Moghul, Moorish, British etc. Is there an original Indian architecture which we can call it as our own???

Posted On : 5/13/2009 8:39:14 PM

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Indravadan Modi
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The architecture like Mughal architecture, British architecture etc which you are referring all falls under the broader umbrella of Indian architecture when said as British architecture in India or Mughal architecture in India. as these developed in India under the patronage of the Mughals, British etc and are named so to link these with the said dynasties or rulers. These are certainly Indian architecture.For example the Mughal architecture- these developed in India during the Mughal reign and stand as the logo of Indo Islamic architectural pattern. The British architecture in India developed because of the colonial influence and the architectural pattern largely is influenced by the Western architecture. Of course we can call these as Indian architecture.. Can We Not Call TAJ MAHAL AS Indian architecture..

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Maniam PS
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Indravadan, are we saying that we do not have an Architecture that we can call our very own. Do we need to claim the Moghul, British, Moorish, Persian, etc., architecture as ours just because it is built in India??? FYI, eventhough TAJ MAHAL is built in India it is still referred to as a MOGHUL Architecture. Check any article or reference book on Taj Mahal and that s what it will say.

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Indravadan Modi
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Posted By : Maniam PS   Posted On : 5/14/2009 6:38:56 PM  Go

Indravadan, are we saying that we do not have an Architecture that we can call our very own. Do we n..


Hello Maniam..let me rephrase your question then .. so u want to know about the architecture which developed in Indian subcontinent not as an expression of any kind of influence due to the invasion but as an expression of India s own architectural splendor .. right The architecture of such kind which is coming in my mind is the Dravidian architecture. Dravidian architecture developed thousands of years ago in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. Empires such as the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyan, Chera, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara patronized the Dravidian architecture. Architectiral elements like the vimanams manadapas gopurams pillars and pillared halls or Chaultris are abundantly used and even today Dravidian architecture inspires awe to the onlookers

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Maniam PS
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Posted By : Indravadan Modi   Posted On : 5/15/2009 2:27:30 AM  Go

Hello Maniam..let me rephrase your question then .. so u want to know about the architecture which d..


Thank you, Indravadan sir, now you have hit the nail on the head. Dravidian Architecture is the original architecture of India and we must be proud of it. Other Architectures in India are a copied form and we cannot call it our very own architecture.

Posted On : 5/15/2009 8:04:06 PM

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