“A remarkable achievement: a painstakingly researched, beautifully written and wonderfully photographed love letter to Amritsar.” William Dalrymple- Historian & Writer “ A stunning study of the complexities and dynamism of the heartland of Sikh spirituality, its information, and insightful chapters, integrated beautifully with artworks, and photographs by the legendary Raghu Rai, unfold centuries of vibrant processes and activities. Readers get a real feel of the multiple forces as they play out on this strategically located site—spiritual and commercial, local and global, rebuilding and renovating, historical and emotional, native and colonial, glorious and tragic… The riveting text and spectacular visuals palpably draw us into sacred precincts, forts, and army camps, palaces, treasures, refugee camps, museums, bazaars, theatres… Indeed a magnificent achievement! Amritsar: A City in Remembrance looks forward to an exciting shared future for humanity. A must for global audiences.” Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh- Crawford Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Colby College. A rich kaleidoscopic viewing of Amritsar that celebrates its many urban fragments, artifacts, and the people that make the social, economic, and material culture of this incredible historic city. A rigorous and insightful portrayal of how architecture, urban design, and citizens have coalesced over time, within the public as well as scared realms, to create, conserve and extend this unique urban landscape. Rahul Mehrotra- Architect and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University.
About the Author
RAGHU RAI i is an internationally acclaimed photographer and photojournalist with fifty-six books to his credit. A recipient of several notable awards and honors, he is the only living photographer in the world to have received the Academie Des Beaux Art Photography Award- William Klein in 2019, one of the highest international awards in photography. GURMEET S. RAI, an architect with a specialization in heritage, has worked on the conservation of heritage sites, planning for historic areas, and policy documents in both India and abroad. In 1996, she established CRCI India Pvt Ltd., a leading firm in heritage practice in India. She has received the Award of Distinction from UNESCO for two projects under the Asia Pacific Architectural Heritage Awards in 2002 and 2004. Thereafter, for over fifteen years, she has been on the jury of the Asia Pacific Architectural Heritage Awards of UNESCO. She is currently a member of the steering committee of the TERRA 2022, the World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage, to be organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in Santa Fe, USA. In 2021, she was appointed as a heritage specialist for the conservation planning of the Parliament House in New Delhi.