The vibrant and sophisticated style of Bombay Art Deco
Some of Mumbai’s architectural treasures in The Art Deco style have just been inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Navin Ramani grew up in one facing the Oval Maidan, but it wasn't until much later, when he was leading walking tours of The Art Deco heritage in Miami Beach, US, that he drew parallels with the rich heritage he had left behind. His fascination with the sophistication and craftsmanship of the Art Deco Style in Mumbai and its ‘light, playful feeling’ led to the making of his book: Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey 1930-53, published by Roli Books
Image by : Roli Books from the book 'Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey, 1930-53' by Navin Ramani
With its lush interiors, LIBERTY PREVIEW CINEMA (Marine Lines,1950) exudes the excitement and luxury of picture palaces of the '30s. These modern buildings - consisting of office blocks, low-rise apartments, hotels and cinemas - that came to be known as Art Deco were almost wholly designed, financed and built by Indians in the mid-1930s as the new style swept throughout the world.