Influences of Global Culture on Indian Architecture

A region’s architecture is a reflection of its culture, history & religion. It is also a reflection of the state & prosperity of the region’s inhabitants, making it a scale to gauge the living standard of the local population during any given period of time. One of the best examples of this is the Indian School Architecture, a style heavily influenced by the subcontinent’s long history, as well as its cultural growth.

Modern Indian architecture is the culmination of our millenniums of history, both the good & the bad. The architectural styles prevalent in subcontinent are by and large the result of strong cultural roots as well as global influences throughout the ages. The ups and downs this nation has faced throughout the history can be perfectly traced in its monuments. These buildings are a perfect amalgamation of ancient Indian traditions and the various brushes the subcontinent had with other cultures.

India’s rich & diverse heritage is apparent in its language, education, language, and religion; passed down through generations. The country’s economy has gone through multiple phases of reforms, each of which has helped bolster its urban architecture, pushing it towards the global standards, while at the same time keeping the traditional Vaastu-shastra intact and relevant.

The various interactions over the years with different cultures, most apparent of which are the Mughal, British, French & Portuguese; which has a great influence in shaping our present infrastructure. These outside influences have inspired some beautiful and magnificent marvels of architecture, giving rise to various schools, of which the Indo-Victorian style is still prominent in the western, eastern & south-eastern part of the country.

One of the major styles which influence the modern Indian school of thought is Italian Architecture, known for its elegant lines, refined edges and practicality. Being one of the most popular and interpreted from architectural styles, Italian School of architecture has significant influence on the present Indian School of thought, most apparent in the use of space and light to create delightful spaces, which blends quite amazingly with the geometrical styles which are a trademark Indian school of design.

Indian culture and Indian architecture are synonymous. Both are built on the solid rock of faith and acceptance, on the belief of unity and strength in diversity. Indian architects have constantly used the global influences to create and showcase a style unique in its diverse creativity, taking the rich Indian culture and heritage forward in the contemporary era.