Did you know how easy is to find art deco style in Mumbai? When it comes to the distinctive design, Mumbai is second only to Miami.
New York’s Chrysler Building, the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, and the Delano in Miami may strike a chord as a portion of the world’s most wonderful Art Deco Buildings, yet shouldn’t something be said about Mumbai’s Eros Cinema, Empress Court, and India Assurance Building? You may be amazed to discover that Mumbai contains the world’s second biggest grouping of Art Deco structures, after Miami, with more than 200 buildings.
The oft-praised building style begun in Paris, spread all through Europe and the U.S., and advanced toward India, where colonization brought British manage as well as better approaches for dressing, carrying on, and planning, changing the substance of this city that begun as a small fishing village.
Navigating the elegantly bending Marine Drive, which appears to tenderly grasp the Arabian Sea, and going to opulent Malabar Hill, you’ll see scores of streamlined Art Deco structures developed in the 1920s through the ’40s, many of which are marked with the straight-lined typeface well known at the time.
In those days, numerous privileged Indians went to the U.K. to study, and the style spread thanks to architects who considered it aspirational. To live in an Art Deco building was an image of riches and achievement. A portion of the more resplendent structures consolidate nautical themes that suggest Mumbai’s legacy as a port city, including portholes, transport deck–style balconies, waves, and sun beams. Other structures, like the India Assurance Building, include conventional Indian themes like lotus blossoms, ranchers, and Hindu gods and goddesses.
“So a large portion of Bombay’s Art Deco structures joined Indian components and themes into their facades, or the ironwork of their balconies, giving them an unmistakable Indian feel,” says Abercrombie and Kent guide Meherrukh Mistry, who lives in one of the city’s Art Deco structures and gives adaptable city tours to guests. “In so many cases, regardless of the years of neglect, their beauty and magnificence still radiates through.”
Despite this disregard, there’s a recharged enthusiasm for Mumbai’s Art Deco legacy. In 2012, a natives’ oetitioned for these structures to be conceded UNESCO World Heritage status, however they’re at present on UNESCO’s tentative list. Navin Ramani, who also had his childhood in one of Mumbai’s Art Deco condo structures, wrote Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey to share his energy for the city’s building legacy.
Atul Kumar, a local design devotee, posts photographs of Mumbai’s wonderful Art Deco structures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook under the handle @ArtDecoMumbai. Also, visitors of the Oberoi, Mumbai can sign up for a Heritage Walk or Art Tour to see the city’s social and building highlights.
“I hope we are able to protect and restore as many of these buildings as we can,” Mistry says. “As a guide, I show off these buildings with as much pride as I do the other grand buildings my city has.”