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 their book Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visua Journey,1930-53 by Navin Ramani
Winged mythological figures frame the portal of BAI PIROJBAI DADABHOY MANECKJI VATCHA AGIARY (Fort, 1937-45). This Zoroastrian fire temple has an abstract geometric concrete grill and faceted columns that speak of the meticulousness of its makers. “The great thing about the recent UNESCO inscription ” says Navin Ramani, “it will draw funding for rehabilitation and upkeep of this magnificent heritage”.
Acknowledgements: Navin Ramani, Abha Narain Lambah, Priya Kapoor (Roli Books)
Photos courtesy : Roli Books from their book Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual
Journey, 1930-53 by Navin Ramani.