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Vikram Prakash on the Legacy of Indian Modernist Architect Aditya Prakash

June 8, 2021

For the final South Asia Studies colloquium of the 2020-21 academic year, on Thursday, June 3, Professor of Architecture Vikram Prakash gave a reading from his book, One Continuous Line: Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash.

One Continuous Line explores and celebrates the life and work of the Indian modernist architect – and the author’s father – Aditya Prakash through a series of visual essays, augmented reality audios, videos and lavish illustrations.

Watch Prof. Prakash’s book talk:

About Aditya Prakash and One Continuous Line:

Vikramaditya Prakash (1924-2008) belonged to the first generation of Indian modernists that came into its own in the Nehruvian era. Built around a multi-disciplinary oeuvre that was unique amongst his peers, Prakash’s life was dedicated to finding the ‘one continuous line’ which linked art – as the search for the beautiful, architecture – as the enabler of life, and planning – as the ethic of protecting the interests of poor.

Interspersed with a series of visual essays, this book is conceived as an introduction to Prakash’s vast body of work. Besides practicing architecture, he was an academic, a prolific painter, sculptor, furniture designer, stage set-designer, poet and public speaker. This volume documents Prakash’s education as an architect in Delhi and London, his early modernist works, his deep artistic impulses, his love of theatre, and his efforts to rally a culture of academic inquiry. The narrative describes his successes and failures, his arguments for and against modernism, postmodernism and globalization, and his passion for sustainable urbanism, the animal and the acoustic. The book concludes with an interpretive essay on Prakash’s life and legacy, along with lavish illustrations of a portfolio of select works.