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Space, Light and Order

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“Space and light and order.
Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”
(Le Corbusier – French Architect and city planner (born in Switzerland), 1887-1965)

This is a part othe main wall of the Secretariat building in Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian state of Punjab.
It is a long horizontal concrete slab form of 254 meters long and 42 meters high which was designed by the French (born Swiss) architect and urban planner, Le Corbusier, in the 1950s.
The building is composed of six eight storeyed blocks separated by expansion joints and bears close resemblance to the Marseilles apartment block.
The façade of the building gives a sculptural appearance with exposed concrete ramps, perforated with small square windows dominating the front and rear views.
The building façade is provided with projects for sun control.

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The Style of an Epoch

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“Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style.
Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it.”
(Le Corbusier – French Architect and city planner (born in Switzerland), 1887-1965)

This was shot in Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian state of Punjab.
Commissioned by Nehru to reflect the new nation’s modern, progressive outlook, the city was designed by the French (born Swiss) architect and urban planner, Le Corbusier, in the 1950s.
It was the first planned city in India and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design.
Those geometrical structures made of brick and boulder stone masonry exposed in its rough form produce unfinished concrete surfaces which are the real style of an epoch.

This man was bringing the human touch to the wall and it was fun to play with him and those shapes.

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The Open Hand

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“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”
(Le Corbusier – French Architect and city planner (born in Switzerland), 1887-1965)

This is the largest of the many Open Hand sculptures that Le Corbusier created, it is a 28 meter high version and it stands in Chandigarh, the capital of the Indian state of Punjab.
A few years after the Indenpendance, Nehru commissioned the French architect and urban planner to design the city in order to reflect the new nation’s modern, progressive outlook.
The birth of this modern, youngest and vibrant city was an act of anguish and drama that took place at the time of partition of India and Pakistan.
Lahore, the historical capital of Punjab was ceded to Pakistan and Chandigarh was conceived to be a symbol of India’s freedom.
The Open Hand (La Main Ouverte) is a recurring motif in Le Corbusier’s architecture, a sign for him of “peace and reconciliation.
It is open to give and open to receive.

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Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day

 

This is the Ashoka Chakra which is a depiction of the Dharmachakra, the Wheel of Dharma. 
The wheel has 24 spokes and symbolizes the teachings of the Buddha.
The Ashoka Chakra has been widely inscribed on many relics of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka The Great (Reigned 273-232 BCE), most prominent among which is the Lion Capital of Sarnath and The Ashoka Pillar.
The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is at the centre of the National flag of the Republic of India which was adopted on 22 July 1947.

“Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. 
Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. 
The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. 
The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. 
The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. 
Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. 
Again, the wheel denotes motion. 
There is death in stagnation. 
There is life in movement. 
India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. 
The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.”
(Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s first Vice President)

Today is India’s Independence Day (स्वतंत्रता दिवस) it is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947. 
This is the opportunity to thank all my Indian friends, all the people working with me and my loving Indian family who managed that I feel at home in this incredible country.
Thank you, dhanyavad, shukriya and Happy Independence Day to all of you, Indians and non Indians who love India as much as I do.
Jai Hind…!!! 

Hindustan Zindabad & Vive la France

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Hindustan Zindabad & Vive la France

 

Today is Bastille Day, the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. 
In France, it is called Fête Nationale (“National Celebration”), or more commonly quatorze juillet (“14 July”). 
It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

For the first time India is the guest of honour and 400 soldiers who belong to several troops from the Indian army were invited to open the parade avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. 
At the end of this parade a paratrooper landed place de la Concorde in front of the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh holding an Indian flag.

“Hindustan zindabad & vive la France !!!”

I met this soldier in Chandigarh the capital of Punjab he was in duty in front of the Capitol Complex and he accepted that I made his portrait.