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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Stereotypes about Indian Architecture

Ok here's a little experiment. What are the first three buildings that come to your mind when you think of Indian architecture?
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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #2
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i'd wager that most people would confuse all indian architecture with the taj mahal. basically people would assume everything would have onion domes and islamic detailing. or they'd go the opposite route and think of temples featuring friezes from the kama sutra.

from what little i know (i've only spent a day or two in india, and half of it was at the airport), there are most likely a lot of great indian architects, but as with most architects anywhere, only a few will ever get a chance to fully exploit their talents.

i also read/studied charles correa's designs, and the kanchenjunga tower is one of my all-time favorites.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #3
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I would think of small white flats built entirely out of concrete- I will also picture it to have a lot of dirt on it. I find this to be more typical Indian architecture. In terms of classical Indian architecture, it is a different field.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #4
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First three buildings would be the Taj Mahal, Harmandir Sahib, and the CST. I'm not sure if they are examples of "Indian Architecture", but they are the first 3 buildings which come to mind.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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indian architecture is hugely mixed persian and central asian architecture, and in later period british architecture. So its a mix bag of hindu, islamic persian, central asian and british. i heard in south and east india they have more of authentic hindu style architecture though because of less islamic/persian/central asian influence there
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Old May 16th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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Yes.. Most of the ancient monuments in north india including Taj mahal are of Persian architecture.
Some examples of the entirely indian monuments are.
Sanchi Stupa in Madhya pradesh

Akshardham Temple in Delhi

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Old May 16th, 2010, 10:00 AM   #7
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There is no such thing as "original" architecture. All architecture is at least partially borrowed.
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Considering that the subcontinent was for most of its history a collection of kingdoms, states, and empires; I don't think there is such a thing as Indian Architecture as a style. More like regional architecture and ones influenced by various rulers, invaders, and cultures that had contact with various states in the Indian subcontinent.

My first thoughts are Taj Mahal, Red Fort, the temples at Udaipur and Madurai, and this is just present day India. I'd go further and getting architecture from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 04:19 PM   #9
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India might be to be second most productive centre for development of indigenous architecture styles after Europe.

To my mind come:
1) Taj Mahal. (sorry for stereotypes)
2) One of ornate gopurams of the great South Indian Hindu temples. They got complex names, can't remember them.
3) Sun temple, Konarak
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Old May 18th, 2010, 08:41 PM   #10
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India might be to be second most productive centre for development of indigenous architecture styles after Europe.
say what?? how is Europe the most productive centre in development of indigenous architecure?
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Old May 19th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #11
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Lets not get into such comparisons.
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a bit far away, but it does remind me of india
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I actually thought Mumbai slum, cheapo concrete highrises, and that crazy one-family skyscraper.
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^Can't blame you

My question is more about traditional architecture than modern concrete buildings (which are pretty standard the world over)
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a bit far away, but it does remind me of india
Cambodian culture has been influenced by the Indian Subcontinent.
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i usually think taj mahal or something similar looking (also sorry for stereotype).

I always used to think that Indian architecture was like that of the Taj Mahal or similar ones with domed roofs. What is 'Indian Architecture'?

Is the east more Hindu style temples and the west more Persian style?
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oops double post

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Old March 17th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #18
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If you're talking about religious buildings then obviously an Islamic building like the Taj Mahal will not look like a Hindu temple (although there are exceptions esp. in recent times).

You can click on the first link in my sig. It has a very exhaustive listing of traditional buildings from all across India. If you manage to go through the thread once you'll get a decent idea of different regional architectures, as well as the changes across different historical time periods.
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If you're talking about religious buildings then obviously an Islamic building like the Taj Mahal will not look like a Hindu temple (although there are exceptions esp. in recent times).

You can click on the first link in my sig. It has a very exhaustive listing of traditional buildings from all across India. If you manage to go through the thread once you'll get a decent idea of different regional architectures, as well as the changes across different historical time periods.
ah okay, thanks!

I'm really fascinated by Indian history and architecture as well, especially the Moghul empire and how it influenced India.
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i'd wager that most people would confuse all indian architecture with the taj mahal. basically people would assume everything would have onion domes and islamic detailing. or they'd go the opposite route and think of temples featuring friezes from the kama sutra.

from what little i know (i've only spent a day or two in india, and half of it was at the airport), there are most likely a lot of great indian architects, but as with most architects anywhere, only a few will ever get a chance to fully exploit their talents.

i also read/studied charles correa's designs, and the kanchenjunga tower is one of my all-time favorites.
don't blame you i just took a quick look and it does seem fascinating. i'll have to study it some more.
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