Updated: Apr 11
May 5th 1999, Left Delhi for Udaipur - Daily Seminars with Nimish & Parul along with Site Visits – First day a walking tour of Udaipur
My Teachers for the next several days:
Nimish and Parul Patel: Established their firm over 40 years ago now. Top students from Vastu Shilpa Research Foundation School of Architecture. They began their study of the ancient way of building science aligned with the cosmic order called Vastu Shastra. For many years they lived in Udaipur, closely working with the local crafts people learning the indigenous styles of buildings. They have pioneered not only heritage restoration work in Udaipur, but also the integration of indigenous building material and Vastu designs. Nimish and Parul are leading lights in energy efficient designs and ecological considerations in India and have successfully incorporated these principles into many major projects.
4/3/2020 – As I looked up where they are today – Nimish Patel – a noted Indian Architect and conservationist passed away on December 12, 2018 at the age of 70. The Indian architectural community is shocked by the untimely demise of one of its most respectable and revered colleagues. Nimish Patel was the founder Principal architect of Abhikram – an Ahmedabad based architectural practice which he established in 1979 ALONG WITH his architect wife Parul Zaveri. The awards and accomplishments are so vast I will put a link here where excerpt above was taken from : www.worldarchitecture.org
I’m honored and humbled to have been led by such master teachers in their fields.
About Vastu (Vaastu Shastra):
According to Indian manuals on architecture and town planning, the Vastu Shastra, some of which are over 2000+ years old, state how a dwelling and city had to function as a mandala, or sacred diagram. Mandalas were governed by the precise dimensions and proportions, repeating in miniature form the mathematical scheme of the cosmos. Zones within the mandala represented different levels of the universe and were identified with particular symbology. Vastu philosophy states that everything is fundamentally ‘shabda’ or sound, which is the basic pulse of energy which is then woven into the design. Vastu Shastra (Indian Feng Shui) provides extensive knowledge about design principles following the laws of the universe. Collectively, these underlying rhythms are sympathic to human needs, enhance good health and prosperity, are known to radiate positive energy and represent ecologically sustainable environments.
Udaipur, India (City of Lakes):
Surrounding the vast, shimmering Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is one of the most exotic and picturesque cities in the world. High whitewashed houses and narrow alleys give it a medieval charm; it epitomizes Rajasthan’s romantic allure. The 1998 Vastu Shastra group fell in love with Udaipur and promised to return. 40+ years ago our teachers and guides, Nimish and Parul, threw their architectural books away to relearn the art and science of Vastu Shastra from the craftspeople of Udaipur. We join them for a five-day adventure, discussing Vastu techniques and principles of indigenous building and working close at hand on some practical projects. We will also explore the town’s temples and palaces and the scenery in the nearby valleys.
– Above taken from the itinerary of the study tour.
On Our walking tour with site visits today some of the places we got to see:
~ City Palace
~ City Palace Museum
~ Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh)
~ Jagdish Temple
~ Lake Pichola
~ Lake Palace (we had dinner there in the middle of the lake it was amazing)
~ Saheliyon ki Bari
Next on the travel blog...tours of the Temples outside the city and class notes on Vastu.