Posted on: July 22, 2020
Natural Stone and World Heritage: Delhi-Agra, India, 1st Edition
By Gurmeet Kaur, Sakoon N. Singh, Anuvinder Ahuja, Noor Dasmesh Singh
An attempt has been made to integrate the natural stones and UNESCO architectural heritage of Delhi and Agra by following a holistic approach, which hopefully will cater to the curiosity of readers having diverse backgrounds. Natural Stone and World Heritage: Delhi-Agra, India is the first of its kind where building stones used in the construction of the World Heritage Sites of Delhi and Agra are enumerated with focus on the historical quarries. It adds a new dimension to the study of Indian building stones with reference to architectural, cultural, and historical accounts of the stone-built UNESCO sites.
1. Create awareness on the stone-built World Heritage Sites in Delhi and Agra
2. Pacify the curiosity of readers digging for information on natural stones, their historical quarries vis-a-vis UNESCO designated stone-built heritage sites of Delhi and Agra
3. The book offers interesting anecdotes, historical accounts picked up from old narratives in the context of stones used in the World Heritage Sites of Delhi and Agra
Numerous field visits were made to the World Heritage Sites of Delhi and Agra and the quarries of the stones which shaped the UNESCO sites of these two cities. Writing Natural Stone and World Heritage: Delhi-Agra, India involved people from diverse backgrounds coming together for the first time and was a bittersweet experience for me!! My passionate engagement with the study of natural stones leaves me with a longing to dig deeper into the various dimensions of the stone-built heritage of Delhi and Agra!
Engaging co-authors from diverse backgrounds to knit a book with a multidimensional approach and perspective. The old narratives and translated manuscripts on accounts of natural stones are an important component of this book and complement the contemporary studies carried on the stones from the historical quarry sites!