History / Traditional practices
Clues on Street Network From Manasara | Archana Sharma
LA 51
While roads are believed by some to be a British legacy left behind for India, the Indian treatise on architecture and planning proposes a contrary idea with its village and town layout plans. Having existed before the British ever set foot in the country, the Mansara- an ancient treatise on architecture and town planning, is said to have had a road network already in place with roads of varying widths and types already being categorically defined.
Despite the common myth, especially in the Western realm, footpath is not a British legacy in India. I agree with Menon's1 lament on the lack of studies that might prove or disprove this and such myths, as systematically originating from Indian institutions and by Indian scholars. This observation resonates with my sentiments shared on Quora2 with regards to Murthy and Murty Classical collection saga. This piece, reviews content in Manasara as brought to us by Prasanna Kumar Acharya and Shailendra Sharma, in attempt to investigate whether the construct of footpath came to us via British and to unravel the level of attention to streetscape design in Vedic times in India3. For this study, we look at Manasara as re-presented by Acharya in 1934, 2011, 2015 and Sharma in 2008 for clues.

Manasara is the ancient Indian treatise on architecture and town-planning, said to be resonating with content in various puranas such Agin-purana, Garud-purana, Matsya-purara and Kamikagama, but as abstracted from Brihat- Samhita with attributed date of c550 CE.4 There is a room for further investigation on publication exact date of original texts, the emergence of these texts during Vedic period is clearly established. The Vedic period is quoted as approximately ranging between 3300-500 BCE/ before Christian Era5. Note, that the British influence started making inroads to India only in 1600 CE / Christian era through East India Trading Company.

 


ISSUE NO: 51
exhibition
ArvindTalati: A forgotten pioneer of Modern Indian Architecture

reports
IGBC's Green Landscape Summit 2016

Changing Climates, Evolving Landscapes, Isola-Goa 2017
Landscape and Conservation, SKNCOA-Pune, 2017

public participation
Public Participation in Design Works:
The Nimby, Banana and Lulu Syndromes

Harshad Bhatia

learning from the past
Clues on Street Network from Manasara:
Footpath or Sidewalks are not a British Legacy to India

Archana Sharma


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