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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Introduction to History of Architecture in India

Indian Institute of Technology Madras , NPTEL and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune via Swayam


The history of architecture in India is a material narrative of aspirations, polities, and societies in the region. From the Indus Valley Civilization to the modernism of B.V. Doshi, architecture has defined periods, peoples, and regions across India. This course is a brief introduction to a history of five thousand years of architecture in India, and provides a broad perspective on one aspect of material expression.INTENDED AUDIENCE : NILPREREQUISITES : Any student who is interested in architecture or cultural history.lINDUSTRY SUPPORT : NIL



Week 1: i. Introduction to History of Architecture,
ii. Indus Valley Civilisation,
iii. Early Historic Period - Wooden and Cave Architecture
Week 2: i. Beginnings of the Temple,
ii. Medieval Temples,
iii. Islamic Architecture
Week 3: i. Sultanate Architecture,
ii. Mughals and Rajputs,
iii. Princely States
Week 4: i. Neo-Classical, Indo-Saracenic, Revivial Gothic,
ii. Art Deco, Modern,
iii. International and Contemporary

Taught by

Prof. Pushkar Sohoni

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