[News] Sydney-based author traces lesser-known chapels of Mumbai in her new book



Ekta Mohta | Mid-Day | Updated: Jul 21, 2019, 08:17 IST

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In her new book, The Churches of India, Sydney-based author Joanne Taylor takes a pilgrimage across the country, and unearths lesser-known chapels

The Churches of India (Niyogi Books) by Sydney-based scholar Joanne Taylor is a deep exploration into the church architecture of India and the several colonial powers that influenced it. Also the author of Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta, Taylor has been visiting India since 1971. With a significant section dedicated to Mumbai’s churches, including the cathedral from where Churchgate gets its name, and the Dadar church designed by architect Charles Correa with a skylight designed by artist MF Husain, Taylor takes us through her research, from the aisle to the nave.

A Surprise Was The Charles Correa-Designed Church, Our Lady Of Salvation, In Dadar. Can You Please Elaborate On Your Impression Of It, Especially Compared To The Neo-Gothic Churches In The City?

I discovered this church when researching all of Mumbai’s churches, either from books or the Internet. I compiled a list then decided which churches should be included. I was quite taken with the church in Dadar as rather than a grand façade, it is rather humble and unobtrusive. I liked that. Many worshippers [from weak economic backgrounds] can be intimidated by entering an enormous neo-Gothic church building. However, Correa designed an inclusive church for all to enter and feel at home.

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