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Modern Heritage | Of Reminiscence and Renegades

Hall of Nations

In the wake of popular patriotic sentiments, indigenization of cultural expressions gained grounds shortly after addressing the enormous challenges of the partition of India. The first flush of freedom demanded attention to the man and his immediate surroundings, as housing clusters sprang up untiringly to meet the rising demands. Architectural immortality was not prioritized and importance to monumentality ceased.

Thus, in the coming decades, the need was felt to develop new symbols for a free India, which would live to serve as marks of growth and economic development of this country. The second generation of architects in the Post-Independent era tried to bridge the gap between modernism and indigenization through material sensibilities and sustainability.

Our collective coping with the aftermath of our independence had cast us at the threshold of the 21st century as a nation having an exasperating amount of population. The liberalization of economy, which at one end, had paved way for newer means to engage and cater to a billion citizens of India, has also given rise to a new set of conflicts on the limited amount of resources. The demand for rapid development has taken a toll upon the multi-faceted fabric of our cities and the recent demolition of Hall of Nations has ignited numerous of debates and speculation for an uncertain future of our modern heritage.