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The Magen Abhraham Synagogue of Ahmedabad

It has Grecian pillars, a triangular roof, a high ceiling and artistic grills with designs of stars and thunderbolt, stained glass galleries, tall windows from where the light flows in, and chandeliers which lend an ethereal glow to the interior of the Magen Abhraham Synagogue of Ahmedabad. It is known to be one of the best in the country.

Few people have seen it, as this is where the Jews of Ahmedabad hold their prayers, even if the congregation fluctuates from large to small. Anyway, all we need is ten Jewish men to hold the prayers. We became a mini-microscopic community in the mid-sixties after the mass migration to Israel.

It is situated amongst religious sites of various communities. He said, nowhere in the world, could one see a synagogue in such unique setting. At first, there was a prayer hall in the walled city that is before it was shifted to the present location. A bench from the old prayer hall has been preserved at the synagogue.

Built in 1934, the...

Key words : Magen Abhraham Synagogue of Ahmedabad, Jews Architecture of Ahmedabad, Jewish religious site in Ahmedabad

Categories : Architecture, Art History

Celebrating Habitat - Retrospective Exhibition of Balkrishna Doshi's Architectural Work

Celebrating Habitat - Retrospective Exhibition of Balkrishna Doshi's Architectural Work

On 6th December, 2014, I and my wife, Naina Dalal, went to see the wonderful exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. I have seen many retrospective exhibitions of some major painters of India based on collections of NGMA, such as, Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose, Ram Kinker Baij, Amrita Sher-Gil, during the last three decades. I have also seen the specially curated shows of living legends Shri K.G. Subramanyan, Shri Satish Gujaral and centenary exhibition of Binode Bihari Mukherjee. These exhibitions were full of original masterpieces of paintings and therefore intrinsically interesting. However, in the field of architecture, actual buildings and complexes cannot be brought into the Exhibition Hall. Therefore, each architectural project has to be reconstructed in a certain scale along with the concept behind each. This reconstruction is a convincing substitute of the actual edifices. Such a venture requires tremendous planning and finally to put it in place in...

Key words : Balkrishna Doshi, Architectural Work exhibition, Celebrating Habitat, retrospective exhibition of Balkrishna Doshi, NGMA presentation, Pride of L.D. Museum

Categories : Architecture, In House Blog