Probably the first Sri Lankan woman architect and a founding member of Marg, Minnette De Silva mediated between tradition and modernity while defying the boundaries of gender, caste and disciplines.
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De Mel, Neloufer. Women & the Nation’s Narrative: Gender and Nationalism in Twentieth Century Sri Lanka. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
De Silva, Minnette. The Life & Work of an Asian Woman Architect. Smart Media Productions, 1998.
Dharia, Namita V., and Mary N. Woods. “Women Architects in India: Dreaming through Design.” Marg, vol. 72, no. 1, September 2020, pp. 76–87.
Gupta, Smita. “M.J.P. Mistri – Descendant of Master Builders. An interview with Smita Gupta” Vistāra – The Architecture of India, edited by Carmen Kagal, exh. cat. The Festival of India in U.S.A., 1986, pp. 222–226. Architexturez South Asia, www.architexturez.net/doc/az-cf-123816. Accessed 21 March 2021.
Huppatz, D.J. Modern Asian Design (Cultural histories of design). Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
Jayawardena, Kumari. Erasure of the Euro-Asian: Recovering Early Radicalism and Feminism in South Asia. Women Unlimited, 2009.
Lee, Rachel, and Kathleen James-Chakraborty. “Marg Magazine: A Tryst with Architectural Modernity.” ABE Journal, no. 1, May 2012. abe.revues.org, doi: 10.4000/abe.623. Accessed 20 March 2021.
Loomba, Ania. Revolutionary Desires: Women, Communism, and Feminism in India. Routledge, 2019.
Pinto, Shiromi. Plastic Emotions. Influx Press, 2019.
Sales-Pontes, Alzira Hilda. Dr. Mulk Raj Anand – A Critical Bibliography (Doctoral thesis, Loughborough University Of Technology, 1985), www.hdl.handle.net/2134/10854. Accessed 20 March 2021.
Sherlock, Amy. “Born 100 Years Ago, Remembering the ‘Tropical Modernist’ Architect Minnette De Silva.” 11 September 2018, FRIEZE, www.frieze.com/article/born-100-years-ago-remembering-tropical-modernist-architect-minnette-de-silva. Accessed 6 April 2021.
Siddiqi, Anooradha Iyer. “Crafting the Archive: Minnette De Silva, Architecture, and History.” The Journal of Architecture, vol. 22, no. 8, November 2017, pp. 1299–1336. Taylor & Francis Online, doi: 10.1080/13602365.2017.1376341. Accessed 20 March 2021.
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Marg, Marg Publications, https://marg-art.org/.
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Many thanks to Ania Loomba, Neloufer De Mel, Shiromi Pinto and Romila Thapar for their support of my research.
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Sir J.J. College of Art/ Architectural school, 78, Prospect Chambers Annexe, Hornby Road, Fort, Bombay (now 78, Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Rd, Dhobi Talao, Fort, Mumbai) (studio, 1941/1942); 25 Cuffe Parade, Bombay (now 25, Khatau Road, Mumbai) (place of residence and work 1941−c.1945); 15 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3JN (residence).
As a global socialist and modernist, Mulk Raj Anand sought and shaped opportunities for intellectual exchanges between Asia and Europe.
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Local and exiled creatives formed the Modern Architectural Research Group to publish a progressive journal of art and architecture in Bombay from 1946 onwards.
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The advertisement expert, Rudolf von Leyden, became a major art critic and art historian in Bombay in the 1940s, advocating an urgent need for modernism in art in post-colonial India.
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Homi Jehangir Bhabha was a world class scientist, institution builder, an artist and art connoisseur. His vision for growth of science and art has had significant impact in post-colonial India.
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Friends and colleagues came together on 9 March 1937 to send off the architect Walter Gropius and his wife Ise Gropius, who had decided to leave for the United States.
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