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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India via India.com
Background on “Deco Saracenic,” an Art Deco fusion style unique to India.
From the article:

he Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) in Girgaum, which stands just off the graceful sweep of Chowpatty, is perhaps one of the best examples of this style. At first glance, its sleekly geometric brick façade looks rather traditional. But draw your eye further up and you will see voluptuous Saracenic domes made of cement, crowning the structure. This happy mixture of styles and material is also characteristic of Deco Saracenic buildings.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India
via India.com

Background on “Deco Saracenic,” an Art Deco fusion style unique to India.

From the article:

he Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) in Girgaum, which stands just off the graceful sweep of Chowpatty, is perhaps one of the best examples of this style. At first glance, its sleekly geometric brick façade looks rather traditional. But draw your eye further up and you will see voluptuous Saracenic domes made of cement, crowning the structure. This happy mixture of styles and material is also characteristic of Deco Saracenic buildings.

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Deco India

Brand new article from the Times of India:
"It is time India celebrates its Art Deco heritage"

Excerpt:

It is very befitting that Mumbai’s tallest icon, Amitabh Bachchan, makes a sharp-suited appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. As the movie sparks off a worldwide revival of Art Deco — in fashion, art, architecture, music, and drink - spare a moment to wonder about India’s contribution to the Roaring Twenties. After all, Mumbai’s collection of things Art Deco (mostly architecture) is second only to Miami’s, worldwide.

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Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey: 1930-1953by Navin Ramani 
Time to say goodbye to India. If you want to learn more about Deco in India, this book has been recommended to me. Listing on: WorldCat or Amazon.
Description:

Bombay Art Deco Architecture - A Visual Journey 1930-1953 presents a treasury of Art Deco buildings comprising residential, commercial and public architecture created during the glamorous and optimistic era of the mid 1930s and 1940s.
The architects, a small list of the first generation of modern Indian architects, were trained in western architectural traditions, if not actually in the West. These architects, influenced by the fashionable aesthetic current in Europe, were eager to imbue the city with a new modern style.
That style shares its provenance with the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, termed Tropical Deco* by Laura Cerwinske in her seminal 1981 book. Built in the same era, the Art Deco architecture of the two cities exhibits similar scale, geometry, tropical vocabulary, and love of romance.
Author Navin Ramani lived in Bombay for 21 years, in an Art Deco apartment building called Court View formerly owned by his grandparents. Much of his childhood was spent exploring his Deco-rich neighborhood. It was not until Ramani moved to Miami in 1989 and encountered the Miami Beach Art Deco District that he recognized the great architectural legacy of his hometown.
But while that great treasury of Miami Beach hotels and apartments has been internationally recognized, nationally protected, and well documented, the larger assembly of Art Deco buildings in Bombay has, until now, been taken for granted. Bombay Art Deco Architecture provides an insightful exploration of its beauty and abundance.

* Whose photos are featured as our next series…

Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey: 1930-1953
by Navin Ramani 

Time to say goodbye to India. If you want to learn more about Deco in India, this book has been recommended to me. Listing on: WorldCat or Amazon.

Description:

Bombay Art Deco Architecture - A Visual Journey 1930-1953 presents a treasury of Art Deco buildings comprising residential, commercial and public architecture created during the glamorous and optimistic era of the mid 1930s and 1940s.

The architects, a small list of the first generation of modern Indian architects, were trained in western architectural traditions, if not actually in the West. These architects, influenced by the fashionable aesthetic current in Europe, were eager to imbue the city with a new modern style.

That style shares its provenance with the Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach, termed Tropical Deco* by Laura Cerwinske in her seminal 1981 book. Built in the same era, the Art Deco architecture of the two cities exhibits similar scale, geometry, tropical vocabulary, and love of romance.

Author Navin Ramani lived in Bombay for 21 years, in an Art Deco apartment building called Court View formerly owned by his grandparents. Much of his childhood was spent exploring his Deco-rich neighborhood. It was not until Ramani moved to Miami in 1989 and encountered the Miami Beach Art Deco District that he recognized the great architectural legacy of his hometown.

But while that great treasury of Miami Beach hotels and apartments has been internationally recognized, nationally protected, and well documented, the larger assembly of Art Deco buildings in Bombay has, until now, been taken for granted. Bombay Art Deco Architecture provides an insightful exploration of its beauty and abundance.

* Whose photos are featured as our next series…

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