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The idea of curating a special issue on Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir, was there in our minds for a long time. We had been discussing it with Intekhab Alam and Akshay Kaul, frequent travelers to the region. A few months ago Intekhab nudged us and our journey of conceptualizing a special issue on Srinagar started.

In his introduction, Hakim Saleem Hamdani, conservation architect, discusses the sense of pre-Islamic identity of the region, embedded in a culture that was “cosmopolitan in its outlook, and was always rooted in the peculiarities of the region’s history, its geography”. In his book, The Syncretic Traditions of Islamic Religious Architecture of Kashmir [Early 14th – 18th century], he investigates the roots of the cultural history of the valley while exploring connections and continuities of the syncretic traditions belonging to the Islamic faith. Expanding on the concept of continuities, Prof. Jan Haenraets, an expert scholar on the subject of Mughal Gardens in Kashmir shares his views about these gardens which are binding elements in the continuation of the existing culture of art and design in the valley. In his interview, Mohammad Saleem Beg, Convener of the J&K Chapter of INTACH elaborates on the growth, tradition of art and crafts, and environmental concerns of the city and its cultural assets, while giving pragmatic suggestions concerning its cultural and economical revival...



LANDSCAPES AS MUSEUMS
STAGING & FRAMING KASHMIR’S
HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
Iqtedar Alam
 

SRINAGAR THE CITY
AN INTRODUCTION TO KASHMIR THE VALLEY
Hakim Sameer Hamdani


CULTURAL REJUVENATION OF TANGIBLE
AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE

In Conversation with Mohammad Saleem Beg
 

MUGHAL GARDENS IN KASHMIR
AS LIVING MONUMENTS

In Conversation with Jan Haenraets


UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORIC, CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE OF KASHMIR
RESHAM KHANA
Harpreet Kaur
 

KASHMIR
A JOURNEY ON CELLULOID
Arshan Hussain
 
CURRENT ISSUE LA72
| the region

LANDSCAPES AS MUSEUMS
STAGING & FRAMING KASHMIR’S HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
Iqtedar Alam


LANDSCAPE IN TRANSLATION
KASHMIR OF ZAIN AL-ABIDIN
Mehran Qureshi

| the city

SRINAGAR THE CITY
AN INTRODUCTION TO KASHMIR THE VALLEY
Hakim Sameer Hamdani


| heritage, vernacular architecture & environment

A TRADITION OF CULTURAL SYNCRETISM AND CO-EXISTENCE
In Conversation with Hakim Sameer Hamdani


CULTURAL REJUVENATION OF TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE
In Conversation with Mohammad Saleem Beg


HERITAGE OF KASHMIR
Saima Iqbal & Gati Narvekar


ABOUT SEEKERS AND SETTLERS
MOUNTAIN TEMPLES & TEMPLE MOUNTAINS
Review by Satyaprakash Varanashi


| historic gardens, public realm & design

MUGHAL GARDENS IN KASHMIR AS LIVING MONUMENTS
In Conversation with Jan Haenraets


UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORIC, CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE OF KASHMIR
Harpreet Kaur


WORKING IN THE VALLEY
Mohammad Amin Bhatt


Café Culture
SRINAGAR
Jaspreet Kaur


| seeing the unseen

TALEEM SEY QALEEN
Abdul Rab Rabbani & Samin Fayaz


KASHMIR
A JOURNEY ON CELLULOID
Arshan Hussain


DECIPHERING VISUAL NARRATIVE
A SACRED JOURNEY: THE KEDARA KALPA SERIES OF PAHARI PAINTINGS AND THE PAINTER PURKHU OF KANGRA
Review by Narendra Dengle





















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