Mumbai: Art Deco Jewel of India
The Art Deco Society of New York’s series of web-based illustrated talks inspired by our Destination Deco program continues with an exciting virtual “visit” to Mumbai with Atul Kumar, head of the Art Deco Society in Mumbai.
This online presentation will explore how Mumbai, India’s financial and film capital, boasts the world’s second-largest collection of Art Deco buildings.
Atul will introduce us to how Mumbai, then known as Bombay, developed its unique Art Deco vernacular in the early 1930s and continued to utilize the style until the mid-1950s. Through his visual presentation, he will lead us on a virtual tour of beautiful Art Deco buildings from this period.
We will learn how this era was a significant moment for India, which was marching towards becoming an independent nation with many ideas of what it meant to be Indian in the modernizing new world. These notions were explored and expressed through architecture in the form of relief work, design features, and building elements. The presentation will allow us to identify and appreciate these details, which were conceived by first-generation Indian architects in collaboration with homegrown contractors and independent artists.
Atul will explain how the variations in Art Deco ornamentation are critical markers that help develop a deeper understanding of the many social, cultural, and economic narratives that played a role during this historical period of nation-building.
Even though this event is online, it will include a live PowerPoint—with wonderful images that you will be able to see directly on your computer screen, tablet, or mobile device––as well as a Q&A session with participants.
This talk is at 11:00 a.m. (EST), which makes it open to Deco enthusiasts everywhere. So, if you’re up for a midnight snack in Australia, are enjoying an evening apéritif in Europe, or are breakfasting in California, this is your chance to explore Mumbai’s wonderful Art Deco architecture and design with us!
Not able to join us at the time of the live program? No problem! Those who sign up for the event will receive a recording of the entire program a few days after the live presentation––which you can watch at a time more convenient for you.
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