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Volume 68 Number 3, March 2017

Punjab

Building the Land of the Five Rivers


Edited by:  Abha Narain Lambah

Price:   Rs 2800 (INR) / $70 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   148 pages, 154 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-93-83243-16-7  
Dimensions:   305 x 241 mm

    Through the centuries Punjab has been a historic rite of passage for invaders seeking control of the throne of Hindustan. In Mughal times, Punjab remained the vital highway linking the capitals of Agra and Delhi to Kashmir, Kabul and lands to the north. This region has also been traversed by people of different religions with Sufi saints and Sikh gurus profoundly influencing its cultural heritage. As the Mughal empire declined, the centre of power shifted and a new Sikh kingdom was founded by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore. The 19th century saw a parallel line of control by the British in the Cis-Sutlej states and in princely domains, where dynasties had already been established by local chieftains.

    With its architecture enriched by the ideas and influences that each new wave brought, Punjab’s built inheritance encompasses a vast spectrum. This book examines these sites and the religious and cultural traditions that shaped them. Focusing both on small towns and major cities such as Lahore and Amritsar, it commemorates the 70th year of Independence and Partition.

    Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect whose practice covers a range of projects from medieval monuments to colonial buildings. She has edited/co-edited a range of books on architecture.

    Contents

    Preface

    Introduction
    Abha Narain Lambah

    The Mughal and Sur Monuments of Punjab
    Catherine B. Asher

    Sikh Architecture: Identity and Symbolism
    Gurmeet S. Rai and Manpreet Kaur

    Mapping the Sufi Shrines of Punjab
    Fauzia Qureshi and Subhash Parihar

    Forts of Punjab
    Subhash Parihar

    Princely States of the Cis-Sutlej: Patiala, Jind, Nabha, Malerkotla, Faridkot
    Abha Narain Lambah

    The Architectural Legacy of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala
    Jyoti Pandey Sharma

    Amritsar: Past Perfect, Future Imperfect
    Janhwij Sharma

    The Cultural Legacy of Lahore
    Nayyar Ali Dada

    The Princely Cuisine of Punjab: Food from the Royal Kitchens
    Neha Prasada

    Glossary

    Index

    Contributors