[News] New assembly can retain Errum Manzil: Architect Yeshwant Ramamurthy


Posted on: July 16th, 2019

[News] New assembly can retain Errum Manzil: Architect Yeshwant Ramamurthy

Ather Moin | Deccan Chronicle | Updated Jul 10, 2019, 2:01 am IST

Hyderabad: Well known heritage architect Yeshwant Ramamurthy said in an open letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao that with conservation technologies and adaptive re-use, Errum Manzil can be revitalised and included in the master plan for a new Assembly complex. “Our past complements the future in a successful architectural narrative and can  set a template to rethink heritage in the national matrix,” he said.

He said that the emergence of Telangana state in 2014 and the consequent revival of its cultural ethos, the concept of ‘Ganga Jumna tehzeeb’ was often cited as a barometer of its syncretic sensibilities. “Looking beyond the obvious religious connotations of this term, can we not apply the same term to describe a co-existence of traditional and contemporary architectural vocabularies to interpret our regional identity?” Mr Ramamurthy asked.

“The old need not make way for the new, but co-exist in harmonious mutuality. The intention to preserve architecture is not detrimental to growth. Indeed, it should be perceived for its divination of unbroken succession,” he said.

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