Dome Over India- Rashtrapati Bhavan

Dome Over India- Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Author: Aman Nath
Publisher: India Book House
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 151
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175083522


Dome Over India takes the reader on a tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan, from the Buddhist-inspired dome, through the formal ceremonial halls, and into the splendid Mughal Garden, with a mix of history, anecdote and architectural analysis revealing the imposing structure as never before.

The magnificent edifice of Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly Government or Viceroy’s House, is a palace bigger than Versailles. The last great expression of British imperial might, it has witnessed several events central to modern Indian history, and is today the official residence of the President of India. Written from an Indian perspective, this comprehensive work presents the many aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Opening with the historical context surrounding the creation of New Delhi, Dome Over India: Rashtrapati Bhavan examines the complex behind-the-scenes discussions that took place before work could begin on the building. The central figure here is that of the architect, Edwin Landseer Lutyens who, dismissive of Indian tradition, was eventually coerced into Indianizing its design. Aman Nath provides a fresh interpretation of the controversies that surround the legacy of this complex personality.

The people who have visited and lived and worked in this vast building-viceroys and presidents, heads of state and ambassadors, artists and freedom fighters- all form part of the story of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Lavishly illustrated, with over two hundred specially commissioned photographs combined with archival material, Dome Over India will be an exhilarating experience for anyone interested in history, architecture and interiors.


Delhi Before New Delhi
Delhi Durbar, 1911
Founder of New Delhi
Architect of Empire
The land
Politics of Style
England’s French Complexes
Unsung Heroes
Aerial Views
The Gradient
Entrance Grille
Jaipur Column
The House
Forecourt Colonnade
The Dome
Indian Style
The Courts
Durbar Hall
Formal Rooms
Conference Hall
State Dining Room
Ashok Hall
Informal Rooms
Study a & Cabinet Room
Imperial Marbles
Library & Museum
Guest Rooms
Viceroys & Vicereines
The Maharajas
Mahatma Gandhi
C Rajagopalachari
Fakir vs Throne
The Presidents
President’s Bodyguard
Guests of Honour
Memorial as Aftermath
Author’s Note
Acknowledgements & Credits