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Volume 63 Number 2, December 2011

Ahmedabad 600

Portraits of a City


Edited by:  Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan, Sharmila Sagara

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $68 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   156 pages, 162 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-81-921106-0-8  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    A wealthy city from its inception, Ahmedabad is one of India’s megacities that still preserves its medieval core.  The city’s art, architecture and culture have responded to the many social, political, and economic challenges over six centuries of its history. Ahmedabad was a front-runner of the independence movement, the home of a booming textile industry, and the crucible of modern architecture and design.
         This volume commemorates 600 years of the founding of Ahmedabad with essays on modernism, art, crafts, food, and heritage by writers who have made this city their home. Each essay presents a different portrait of the city, as no singular view of Ahmedabad can do justice to its multi-faceted complexity.


    Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan studied visual communication at the National Institute of Design and teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at CEPT University. Her research and teaching interests include design history, orality and visual literacy, and the sociology of design. She is co-author of The Shaping of Modern Gujarat: Plurality, Hindutva and Beyond (2005) and Ahmedabad: From Royal City to Megacity (2011).

    Sharmila Sagara studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, and has participated in group shows, curated exhibitions, and written in newspapers and art journals as an art critic. She headed the Kanoria Centre for Arts (2001–05) and is presently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, CEPT University.

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    Introduction

    Architectural Traditions of the Evolving City
    R.J. Vasavada

    Ahmedabad as a Centre of Painting
    Shridhar Andhare

    Arabic-Persian Scholarship: Medieval Manuscripts at the Hazrat Pir Muhammad Shah Dargah Sharif Library
    Mohaiuddin Bombaywala

    Incubating Indian Modernism
    Himanshu Burte

    An Awakening of Modern Art
    Sharmila Sagara

    Food is Serious Business
    Sheela Bhatt

    The Legend of Sabarmati’s Hand-Blockprinted Textiles
    Aditi Ranjan

    Paper, Chopdas, Kites: Crafting Hindu-Muslim Symbiosis
    Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan

    Ahmedabad 600: Readings from the Palimpsest
    Yatin Pandya

    Index