âA remarkable achievement: a painstankingly researched, beautifully written and wonderfully photographed love-letter to Amritsar.â William Dalrymple- Historian & Writer â A stunning study of the complexities and dynamism of the heartland of Sikh spirituality, its information and insightful chapters, integrated beautifully with artworks, and photographs by the legendary Raghu Rai, unfold centuries of vibrant processes and activities. Readers get a real feel of the multiple forces as they play out on this strategically located siteâspiritual and commercial, local and global, rebuilding and renovating, historical and emotional, native and colonial, glorious and tragicâ¦ The riveting text and spectacular visuals palpably draw us into sacred precincts, forts and army camps, palaces, treasures, refugee camps, museums, bazaars, theatresâ¦ Indeed a magnificent achievement! Amritsar: A City in Remembrance looks forward towards an exciting shared future for humanity. A must for global audiences.â Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh- Crawford Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Colby College. A rich kaleidoscopic viewing of Amritsar that celebrates its many urban fragments, artifacts and the people that make the social, economic and material culture of this incredible historic city. A rigorous and insightful portrayal of how architecture , urban design and citizens have coalesced over time, within the public as well as scared realms, to create, conserve and extend this unique urban landscape. Rahul Mehrotra- Architect and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University.
About Raghu Rai
Raghu Rai has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1977. During his long and distinguished career, he has won many international awards and has been honoured with the Padmashree, one of India's highest cultural awards, in 1971, and The Photographer of The Year award for his story The Human Management of Wildlife in India which was published in the National Geographic. His photo-essays have appeared in many of the world's leading magazines and newspapers including TIME, Life, GEO, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Newsweek and The New Yorker. In the last twenty years, Raghu Rai has specialised in extensive coverage of India and has produced more than twenty-four books, among them, Raghu Rai's Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal and Tibet in Exile. He lives in New Delhi with his family.