Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Truth is God

Ya hear. But what of line, form, shadow, light, texture?

"Truth is God" is a phrase famously said by M.K. Gandhi summing up his spiritual philosophy and his search for "satya" or truth and therefore God. It is simple and succinct, much like these beautiful buildings I experienced in Chandigarh (India) at the Panjab University.

Both the Fine Arts Museum of Panjab University and the Gandhi Bhawan were designed by Pierre Jeanneret, a cousin of the more well-known Charles-Edouard Jeanneret or "Le Corbusier", the Swiss-French architect of Chandigarh city. In a country as old as India with layer after layer of ornamental architectural styles, Chandigarh is like a breath of fresh air. And somewhat literally at that. The city is also the first "smoke-free" city in India where smoking in all public places is banned.

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