In what promises to be a sustained engagement with Indian architecture and urban life since Independence The State of Architecture: Practices & Processes in India was inaugurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. The three-month long show includes exhibitions of photographs, film screenings, book launches, and talks by eminent architects and urban thinkers such as B.V. Doshi, Madhavi Desai, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Neera Adarkar among others. Sunil Khilnani, director of the India Institute at King’s College, London, will deliver the show’s concluding keynote lecture on 18 March in a conference in which architects from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives will participate.

The show has been curated by Rahul Mehrotra, architect and member of the steering committee at Harvard University’s South Asia Institute, cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote and Domus editor and architect Kaiwan Mehta.

The show say the curators, “is intended to be provocative and make explicit the multiple and often simultaneously valid streams of architectural thought and engagement that truly represent the pluralism of India."

One of the many exhibitions geared towards showcasing India’s pluralism is Sameep Padora’s In the name of housing which begins on 17 January. Comprising models, mock-ups and drawings, the exhibition is on affordable housing models of Mumbai that present the variety of architectural types to be encountered in this city.

An exhibition curated by Mustansir Dalvi will dip into the history of the island city. Using artefacts from the Sir JJ College of Architecture’s archives, the exhibition will showcase three architectural portfolios from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which influenced pedagogical practices.

Pedagogy is one of the central concerns of the show. There will be student guided tours, and a series of talks have been scheduled around the themes of the state of architectural education and institutions. In the duration of the Kala Ghoda Festival from 6 to 13 February, Mehta, one of the co-curators has organized a series of master classes by eminent architects.

Another highlight of the show will be an exhibition that begins on 15 March, which will showcase the unbuilt works of Charles Correa, an eminent Indian architect who passed away last year. Correa’s legacy includes urban project such as Navi Mumbai, a satellite town to Mumbai, low-income housing projects, such as Belapur in Navi Mumbai, and museums and luxury apartments. Above all, Correa’s vision challenged dominant ideas of architecture and famously said that climate is the progenitor of architecture in India. A series of lectures, screenings and discussions will be conducted by the Charles Correa Foundation from 15 to 19 January to celebrate Correa’s contribution to Indian architecture.

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