Landscape

The current day state of Rajasthan is an amalgamation of the former states of Rajputana. These states have developed as a part of the whole. One sees unison but still a form of distinction as one moves from a state to other. The similarities are based on the common underlying cultural, social and religious practices but the distinction comes with the physical context, availability of material, history and other factors influencing it.

The speck of green on the horizon has been a very welcome for a desert traveller for centuries. The artificial lakes functioned as a reverse island, in a sense a small area of water surrounded by sea of rock or barren land. Over the centuries, the Maharanas of Mewar have built man-made lakes in the rocky terrain of the region to serve as a reservoir to hold the rain water. These water bodies developed settlements and spaces around it. The spaces and elements observed are a confluence of architectural, geographical, religious and architectural expression. It’s a combination of a practical approach of storage with pleasure and religion.