Colonial Bombay

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Rupali Gupte
  Typically, a chawl is a set of rooms strung along a corridor. Each of these rooms are inhabited by different households. Chawls can be single- or multi-storied—generally they have a ground floor plus two or three above. While one end of the corridor has a staircase, the other end typically has a…
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Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava
  The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw a settling down of the urban industrial haze that had enveloped economic and political centres all over the world. During those unsettling decades, cities were still shaping themselves vis-à-vis emerging industrial modern realities – primarily, increased…
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Aditi Dey
  Chawls have been well represented in popular depictions of the city of Mumbai through movies, serials, plays and books. Most visibly present around the erstwhile textile mill regions of Parel and South Bombay, chawls have emerged as a housing typology across the entire city. Today they represent…
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Swapna Joshi
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Vinayak Parab
  Water is pure, Water is natural, Water is healthy, Water can help all.Water is simple, Water is free, Water can help the lives…The lives of you and me!                          Olivia Taylor   These lines by Olivia Taylor aptly define the importance of this odourless and colourless substance…
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Swapna Joshi
  Voiceover Text My cousin writes from Hyderapot My only chance to snatch, And says the climate is so hot, She says that I shall much delight To taste their Indian treats, But what she likes may turn me quite, Their strange outlandish meats. - If I can eat rupees, who knows? Or dine, the Indian way…
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  Umesh Nagarkar talks about the role of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai as a funding agency and a strong backbone in the restoration projects of pyaavs, or drinking water fountains in Mumbai. He also speaks of the need for greater public awareness in preserving these antiquities and…
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  Conservation architect Rahul Chemburkar talks about understanding the contexts of the pyaavs (drinking water fountains) of Mumbai. He focuses on the architectural variety that one finds in pyaavs and the elaborate restoration process that every structure needs to undergo. He puts across a very…
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  Historian and author of the book Water Heritage of Mumbai (2011), Dr. Varsha Shirgaonkar speaks on pyaav structures as history markers, while elaborating on the process of her pioneering work that brought the pyaavs of Mumbai into the limelight. It was her team that re-discovered these gems that…
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Swapna Joshi
  Memorialising has been a celebrated act in India through architecture, sculptures and monuments to commemorate moments in history. Preserving the memory of the deceased in the form of megalithic burials—non-sepulchral and symbolic in nature—was a tradition practiced all over the world. The…
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