Bara Gumbad meaning big dome. A beautiful mosque in the Lodi gardens, Delhi.
Built by the Afgan, Sikander Lodi (1489-1517) it has three domes and two vaulted roofs. Whilst it is open to the gardens on one side the sense of dark space and depth is accentuatated by the single doorway punctured with light. It is a combination of rich reddy brown sanstone and warm granite. The plasterwork is crumbling around the carved arabic insriptions. Standing there you can breath the history.
More than simply picturesque India Natasha Kumar responds to the culture of India, through the architectural forms and the vivid hypnotising colours and moods of modern India. They bring us the heady mix of traditional and historical of Islamic and mughal and modern and physical – actual and abstract – elemental . The kind of art that is both beautiful, decorative and substantial.