20th Century Indian Architecture: Genesis and Metamorphosis of Modernism

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This book is an attempt to evaluate the role of architecture of foreign masters of modern architecture in India in shaping the post independence Indian architecture. It is an effort to understand the reasons of origin of modern architecture, factors responsible for its development and its architectural vocabulary both in world and in India. It further strives to gather the existing studies that have already been done and also intends to contribute to the present body of knowledge by identifying and defining architectural vocabulary of modern architecture of foreign modernist masters' works in India and also statistically analyse its influence on post independence Indian architecture that native architects exhibited in public domain. It is a maiden attempt to analyse the influence statistically at such an exhaustive level, which has never been done before. The book elaborates how the architecture of modern India embodied and reflected the dramatic shifts of Indian society and culture. It throws light on Indian architectural modernity journey that began at the turn of the 20th century, fostered new design practices that directly challenged the social order and values invested in the building traditions of the past.

It is an effort to fill in the gaps in the course of development of modernism in India and also an in depth analysis of the way Indian architects were influenced by the works of foreign masters of modern architecture in India.

This critical representation of India's post independence modern architecture is an essential reading for all students and scholars of architecture, as well as all those interested in the story of development of modernism in India.

About the Author: Dr. Pankaj Chhabra is an academician and a researcher. A graduate from Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, he has done his post graduation in Urban Planning from the same institute. This was followed later by doctorate in Architecture. Currently, working as faculty in the Department of architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, he has more than twenty five years of experience in teaching. He has written extensively for National and International Journals and has numerous presentations to his credit in both National and International conferences. He has also been invited as resource person/critic at various National and International forums. He is member of Doctoral Research Board and Board of Studies of various Public and Private sector Universities and is panel reviewer for many refereed journals of repute and in National and International Conferences, both in India and Internationally.


  • Hardback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2020)
  • Author: Pankaj Chhabra
  • ISBN-13: 9781636400648
  • Product Dimensions:  8.27 x 1 x 11.69 Inch

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