Petition to save hall of nations, hall of industires & Nehru memorial by architect Raj Rewal.
"The Hall of Nations and Industries Complex along with the Nehru Pavilion at Pragati Maidan are iconic structures in Delhi´s landscape. These landmarks were designed to commemorate and celebrate 25 years of India´s independence in 1972. Postage Stamps were also printed at that time depicting modernity and progress of the country with images of these buildings. These symbols of a progressive India have received international recognition world over. They are significant snapshots of India contribution to international modern architecture annals.
Like the Jantar Mantar Humayun´s tomb and the Purana Quila, the Hall of Nations and Industries as well as the Nehru Pavilion are part of the city´s memory. Carefully sited in relation to the central vista, the Purana Quila and the Supreme Court, these buildings contribute as landmarks to the positive image of the city. For many around the world, Delhi is represented by their iconic image. They also are acclaimed as images of Progress, Modernity in India and Indian Architecture.
The spatial organization of these buildings also provides opportunities to extend our cultural legacy within the city without destroying it. There is sufficient space within and around these buildings to accommodate new programmes and adaptive reuses.
We strongly condemn such efforts and actions to destroy our heritage and request you to initiate action to conserve the hall of Nations, Halls of Industry and the Nehru Pavilion. We support the petition to protect these buildings that mark our shared rich architectural and cultural heritage from any demolition. We also appeal to you to allow these buildings to be put to active public use."
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Raj Rewal 1934- (1972) प्रगति मैदान, Pragati maidan (progress grounds), a complex of more than 6,25,000 m2 of exhibition space with 18 exhibition hall, five permanent exhibitions which includes the hall of nations, hall of industires & Nehru memorial, the dargah shrine for Hazrat Sheikh Abubakr Tusi Qalandari also known as Matka Peer, a mystic who came to Delhi from Iran, around the 1260s A.D. and more. New Delhi, India.
Raj Rewal 1934- (1972) Hall of Nations, Pragati maidan. Photography Madan Mahatta (1974) Kiran Nadar, the Kiran Nadar Museum of art - KNMA.
Raj Rewal 1934- (1972) Hall of Nations, Pragati maidan. Photography Madan Mahatta (1985) Pigment Print Collection the Kiran Nadar Museum of art – KNMA, Raj Rewal associates.
Raj Rewal 1934- (1972) Nehru memorial, Pragati maidan. Photography Raj Rewal associates, year unknown.