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Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Charles Correa Associates
location Jaipur
function auditorium, exposition space, library
contributed by Sahil_Latheef

Maharaja Jai Singh, who built the fabled pink city of Jaipur, was moved by two seemingly conflicting sets of mythic ideas and images. On the one hand there was the ancient Navgraha (the mandala of the nine planets) and on the other, the newest myths of Science and Progress. Thus the city of Jaipur, double-coded like Jai Singh himself, is truly astonishing for its synthesis of past and future, of the material and metaphysical worlds. In this, Jai Singh is indeed analogous of another man, born more than 2 centuries later; India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Thus this Art Centre, dedicated to Nehru, is really a metaphor for both men - and for Jaipur itself. Like them and like the city, it's double-coded: a contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside, to recall the gesture that created the original plan for Jaipur.

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Jawahar Kala Kendra
Jawaharlal Nehru Marg
Project is public!
Completion 1986
ArchitectCharles Correa Associates
Project ID 4316
Latitude/Longitude 26°52'35N 75°48'33E
Contributed by Sahil_Latheef
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