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Open Arts Object: Edward Lutyens, Viceroy’s House, New Delhi, completed 1920

New Delhi was built by the British on a vast scale to be their capital in India from 1911-31. This film explores the central government building in New Delhi built as the Viceroy’s House. It is now the residence of the President of India and called the Rashtrapati Bhavan.  The Viceroy’s palace housed the monarch’s representative in India and was built to symbolise British might and power.  It was designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens but combined both Indian and European architectural traditions.  It was taken over by the Indian state after Independence but remains an ambiguous reminder of the British legacy in a postcolonial age.