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Indian architecture

Indian architecture
The architecture of the Indian subcontinent, originally a timber and mud-brick architecture of which nothing survives. Early Buddhist monuments, chaitya halls, stupa rails, and toranas clearly imitate wood construction, and timber buildings appear on relief representations. All surviving architecture is of stone, using exclusively a structural system of post and lintel, brackets, and corbels. The basically simple Indian architectural forms are generally obscured and overwhelmed by a rhythmical multiplication of pilasters, cornices, moldings, aediculae, roofs, and finials, and an exuberant and sensuous overgrowth of sculptural decoration.
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The photographs observe the relationship between the two cultures, using examples ranging from Indian folkloric dance troupes performing in Egypt to the influences of Indian architecture on Egyptian palaces.
This collection of around 35,000 photographs, produced between 1855 and 1922, forms a major resource both for the study of Indian architecture and archaeology, and for the early practice of archaeological photography in the subcontinent.
Shahpura House (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India) - Once the royal palace of the ruling Shekhawat clan of the Rajputs, this magnificent heritage hotel presents a mixture of Mughal and Indian architecture, with intricately carved stone pillars, domes and precious artefacts from a bygone era.
Alluding the recent controversy regarding Taj Mahal, the chief minister who was addressing a public rally here at GIC Grounds, said: "We should not go into the details like who built Taj Mahal or why was it built, but the most important thing is that Taj Mahal was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers who gave one of the precious gems of Indian architecture to the world.
Dani draws inspiration from the intricacies one sees in Indian architecture, Indian paintings and even the weave of fabrics.
Jaan at The Penthouse was designed by Neterwala And Aibara, an Indian architecture firm that Khambata has worked with in previous projects.
His photographs will tell you that the Irish shutterbug was mesmerised by the intricacy of Indian architecture.
The two lower storeys, built like grottoes where Martin resided in the hot summers, ascending as the river rose, drew upon the taikhanas (underground rooms) and baolis (step-wells) of northern Indian architecture.
TheMughal Empire, an empire that ruled India from 1526 to 1764 left a mark on Indian architecture that was a mix of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and native Indian architecture.
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The temple complex has been constructed after combing elements of Thai, Sri Lankan, Chinese and Indian architecture.

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