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Delhi: Red Fort To Raisina

 
J P Losty (Editor) Salman Khurshid (Editor) Ratish Nanda (Editor) Malvika Singh (Editor)
Synopsis

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.

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About the authors
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J P Losty

J.P. Losty was the curator of Indian manuscripts and paintings at the British Museum and British Library in London for 34 years until his retirement in 2005. He has published extensively on illustrated Indian manuscripts and painting in India from the 11th to the 19th century. Some of his most important books include the groundbreaking The Art of the Book in India (1982), Calcutta: City of Palaces (1990), The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic (2008), and Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire (with Malini Roy, 2012). More recent publications include catalogues of two important Indian collections of Company paintings, in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum in Hyderabad (2016) and in the TAPI Collection (2019).

Salman Khurshid

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

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

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.

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Bibliographic information

Title Delhi: Red Fort To Raisina
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.05.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 9788174368614
length 248p., 24cm.