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Datia and Orcha
The Spirit of innovation

Between the sixteenth and the first part of the seventeenth century, a series of innovative palaces and temples were built in the cities of Datia and Orcha, in the Bundelkhand region of central India. The Chaturbhuja temple at Orcha represents a bold design in which massive traditional Hindu shikharas were combined with the dome and arch structural system usually found in mosque architecture. All four royal palaces, which were built by successive rulers, followed the traditional plan centered around a courtyard, but each new building enriched and refined the earlier concept. Ultimately, in the last of the four palaces, the traditional pattern was transcended by building a tower in the center of the courtyard.

A voice-over, accompanied by classical North Indian music, makes up the sound track, while paintings - both wall as well as miniatures - are inter-cut with images of the buildings.
UNESCO film festival on art, Paries, 1999.

29 minutes

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