architecture during partition

personal project

winter 2016

film analysis + visual rendering

Adobe Illustrator + film stills + Google Maps

An expansion on a thesis written for a History of Indian Partition history course at McGill University. Finding architectural plans of Fathepur Sikri in a book at the library one winter day I was tempted to return to my film analysis of Garam Hawa (directed by M. S. Sathyu) and complete it with visuals. Below is a complimentary excerpt from the essay:

« The ‘seclusion by avoidance’ and ‘seclusion by distance’ through which women were contained within the private realm is evident when looking at a social history of Indian architecture. The climate and importance of nurturing the joint family system allowed for a polyvalent and undifferentiated usage of internal space [...] The house was not a symbol of status or prestige but a kind of fortress within which the family withdrew into its seclusion. This element of seclusion became even more essential in urban spaces, as the sprawling orchards were replaced by ‘the cramped homes of the democratic and independent India’ 1 »

1: V.S. Pramar, A Social History of Indian Architecture (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005), 63.

                                                                                                                              reconstruction of beginning scene (using 12+ stills)

                                                                                                                              reconstruction of beginning scene (using 12+ stills)

                                                                                           male character transgressing architectural barriers ,   normally protecting women by seclusion

                                                                                           male character transgressing architectural barriers , normally protecting women by seclusion

                      news of losing the house, 58:20

                      news of losing the house, 58:20

                    police arresting the step son, 1:00:10

                    police arresting the step son, 1:00:10

               attempting to get him out of prison, 1:02:10

               attempting to get him out of prison, 1:02:10

 

 

 

                                                                                               Fathepur Sikri scene reconstruction, 1:02:10, Adobe Illustrator

                                                                                               Fathepur Sikri scene reconstruction, 1:02:10, Adobe Illustrator

                                                                                                            Garam Hawa scene used as element for location reconstruction, 1:10:35

                                                                                                            Garam Hawa scene used as element for location reconstruction, 1:10:35

                                              map from book ‘Indian Architecture: Islamic Period’ by Percy Brown   transcribed onto Google Maps to determine exact location of Panch Mahal

                                              map from book ‘Indian Architecture: Islamic Period’ by Percy Brown transcribed onto Google Maps to determine exact location of Panch Mahal

                                                side view plan to visualize exact scene location in Mughal residence    on upmost highest plane in the region, just as the powerful and influential Mughal princess Nur Jahan one stood,                                 in stark contrast with Amina in beginning scene, sequestered in a ground level court

                                                side view plan to visualize exact scene location in Mughal residence

on upmost highest plane in the region, just as the powerful and influential Mughal princess Nur Jahan one stood,

                            in stark contrast with Amina in beginning scene, sequestered in a ground level court