Overview for Delhi: Red Fort To Raisina
Delhi : Red Fort to Raisina traces the journey of Shahjahan's new capital of the Mughal Empire, Shahjahanabad built on the banks of river Yamuna in 1638 to New Delhi the new capital of British-ruled India in 1911. From Red Fort to Jama Masjid and from Jahanara Bagh to Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, every palace, mosque, bazaar, and bagh in the Mughal city was planned to perfection. The new city too, designed in the early twentieth century, was a blend of Mughal architecture and modern aesthetics. This book celebrates the centenary with four essays on different aspects of Delhi's history by JP Losty, Salman Khurshid, Ratish Nanda, and Malvika Singh. A lively portrait of the city and its culture and people, the book documents the transition of the old-world charm of Shahjahanabad to a modern city with a new seat of power built on the Raisina Hill.
J P Losty (Editor)
J.P. Losty is Head of the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs section of the Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library, London. He is the author of The Art of the Book in India (1982); his many publications cover a wide range of subjects from medieval Indian painting to the Company schools. He is currently working on a new edition, from the original manuscripts, of the Indian journals of William Daniell.
Salman Khurshid (Editor)
Salman Khurshid is a senior advocate in the Super Court of India. He is the former Cabinet Minister of External Affairs, Law and Justice, and Corporate Affairs, Government of India. He is a celebrated author, well-known public figure, and member of the Indian National Congress.
Ratish Nanda (Editor)
Ratish Nanda is a Delhi based Architect and Historic Building Consultant. He graduated from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, with a Gold Medal and has completed a post-graduate MA in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK.
Malvika Singh (Editor)
Malvika Singh belongs to one of the families that built the new capital of India and is currently working on an interview-based book on the subject. She is a reputed journalist who has worked with many leading national publications. She was the editor of The India Magazine and is the publisher of Seminar, a journal of ideas and alternatives. She has authored Freeing the Spirit: The Iconic Women of Modern India and India in One City – Delhi.