Braj-architecture of praikrama

7th-9th June 2019, Kalakriti Contemporary Art gallery, Club Botanika, Gachibowli.


Architecture and Design Foundation [India] and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai in collaboration with Kalakriti Contemporary Art Gallery is hosting an unique exhibition of Architectural documentation of four important pilgrimage centres of Goverdhan, Mathura, Gokul and Vrindavan- all of them associated with God Krishna.

Architecture and Design Foundation, a first of its kind in India, set up with an idea of documenting and promoting the values of good design and architecture amongst common people. It has been its continuous endeavor to enhance public dialogue and participation in creating better design and architecture, thus help create a better and smarter built-environment in our country. The role of the foundation is to promote and encourage the best in contemporary art and architecture, and to promote awareness towards the contribution of art, architecture and design to the quality of life.

About the exhibition.

The landscape of Braj is said to be the place where Krishna grew up. It is circumscribed by a 252 km pilgrimage across Mathura, Gokul, Govardhan and Vrindavan. Each site has its own narrative: historical and mythical. These narratives lead to specific practices that are deeply embedded in the everyday lives of the sites.

Govardhan, the sacred mountain is said to be the sacred centre of Braj and is identified as a natural form of Krishna. Gokul, with its scattered farmlands is the landscape where Krishna is supposed to have spent his childhood. Mathura is an important administrative centre and is the place known for being the birthplace of Krishna. Vrindavan is the town that has grown over the forest in which Krishna sang and danced with the  gopis.

The documentation project taken up by the 3rd Year Studnets of B. Arch Course at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai covered 75 sites along four pilgrimages around these towns. The study was interested in the way that the architecture, everyday life and ritual intersect with each other, in an attempt to understand the differences between what is imagined of the parikrama and what really exists.

One of the very important and striking aspect of the documentation is the style of presentation. The entire documentation is presented in the form of miniature paintings, thus displaying fine senstivity, not only towards the architectural style and form, but also integrating some of the finest nuances of cultural, fine arts and performing arts of the region into the documentation and presentation.

  • Kalakriti Contemporary, Club Botanika
  • Date: June 7, 2019 - June 9, 2019