In the last 13 days,I have spent 87 hours on plane, wrote Le Corbusier to his wife Yvonne on November 13,1955,on a flight to Delhi. The letter,scribbled in French,has been penned on an Air India letter pad and unravels the Swiss-born architects travels and travails.
As part of Corbusiers 122 birth anniversary celebrations,rare letters written by the designer have been put on display at the Sector-19 Le Corbusier Centre. The exhibition gives a rare insight into the setting up of the city as well as Corbusiers stay in the country from 1952 to 1965.
Another letter that Corbusier wrote to his mother on his way from Switzerland to Bangalore has also been showcased.
A picture depicting an aerial view of the city in 1958 shows a vast expanse with traces of construction. The construction of the Capitol Complex first the High Court,the secretariat and then the assembly has been highlighted. The pictures give a glimpse of the techniques of construction. With hardly any machines available at that time,ramps were constructed for mules to carry load.
In one picture,the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru,who was eager to see the city being set up,is seen addressing a crowd of people,primarily labourers.
The archives have been contributed by various sources including Foundation Le Corbusier,Canadian Centre for Architecture as well as the archives of the Le Corbusier Centre. Original drawings of the Capitol Complex sourced from Canada also form part of the presentation.
Nodal officer of the Centre,V N Singh,says,These pictures have been displayed for the first time. These give a rare glimpse into the life of Corbusier and his work in the city. The exhibition will continue till December 31.