£15 members/£18 non-members In the heart of Hyderabad stands a majestic building with a colossal Corinthian portico. Once the British Residency of Hyderabad State, it was constructed at the start of
£15 members/£18 non-members
In the heart of Hyderabad stands a majestic building with a colossal Corinthian portico. Once the British Residency of Hyderabad State, it was constructed at the start of the 19th century as the official residence of the envoys of the East India Company. The grand mansion was the central location for the events of William Dalrymple’s book White Mughals, and became a visual symbol of power, dramatically changing Hyderabad’s architecture.
Since India’s independence it has been the pioneering Osmania University College for Women, and was recently upgraded to a university in its own right, the Telangana Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam. The building has now been restored following a major conservation programme coordinated by World Monuments Fund.
Conservation architect Anuradha Naik will explore the history of the structure, its occupants and its influence, and give a detailed account of the revelations unearthed by the recent restoration. Its design has traditionally been attributed to a 22-year-old East India Company engineer, but Naik presents the new theory that its true designer may have been the notable British architect Henry Holland.
The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.
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