Tuesday, October 7, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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Chandigarh is 50

CHANDIGARH, the nation’s most modern and vibrant city, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee today. The Tribune, which has been associated with the growth of Chandigarh and has shared its joys and sorrows, is offering to its readers a Special Supplement — “Chandigarh is 50” — to celebrate the occasion.

The special supplement brings out not only nuances of Corbusier’s architectural achievements but also the liveliness of the people who have made Chandigarh what it is today.

Noted architect Charles Correa has at our request contributed a special article for the supplement and has looked back and forth and into the future Chandigarh has unfolded. Rajnish Wattas of the Chandigarh College of Architecture recommends introspection about the Chandigarh model of town planning; B.V. Doshi analyses how Chandigarh symbolises the idea of space, light and freedom and Vikramaditya Prakash asserts in a thought-provoking article that Chandigarh hits you on the head and makes you think and as such is not a mean contribution to modern India. M.N. Sharma, who was associated with the birth of Chandigarh, looks on at some aspects of Corbusier’s basic philosophy that brought about Chandigarh.

There is much more in the supplement about Chandigarh — its achievements in culture, sports and also the feelings of the young and old who have come to love the city.

Today’s supplement apart, we will publish more articles about Chandigarh during the next few days. These will carry forward the debate about the questions Chandigarh raises.

H. K. Dua


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