Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 6th October, 2008 :The Chandigarh Heritage Festival kicked off today, on the birth anniversary of Le Corbusier, with the inauguration of the Le Corbusier Centre at the Old Architects’ Office building, Sector 19-B, Chandigarh by His Excellency Governor Punjab and Administrator UT, Chandigarh, General (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues. A concurrent exhibition, largest ever, showcasing the Arts of Le Corbusier is also being organized in Liverpool, London, which will be continue till January 18, 2009.
The Centre has been set up by the Chandigarh Administration for showcasing and exhibiting the multifaceted life and works of Le Corbusier, so that tourists and future generations may be able to acquaint themselves with the rich cultural heritage of the city. The building is of immense historic value to Chandigarh as the centre was the workplace of Le Corbusier and his team from 1952 to 1965 and is also the spot from where the entire city was designed. The structure is also a significant resource for understanding the technological, formal, and aesthetic spirit of Modern architecture, as also its peculiar manifestation in the context of Chandigarh.
The Heritage Festival on October 7 will commence with Heritage walk which would be inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT, Chandigarh, General (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues. The Walk will start from Open Hand Monument and terminate at Botanical Garden. The Walk is organized by the UT Administration in collaboration with INTACH and SBI.
Heritage Tree Tour will also be organized same day for school children of the Gurukul School, Manimajra with an objective to conserve and to educate the community on the importance of protecting our tree wealth. The tour will commence from Indira Holiday Home, Sector-24 and culminate at Sukhna Lake.
To mark the occasion, a lecture is being organized at Chandigarh College of Architecture. Eminent engineer Mr. Mahendra Raj will deliver the lecture on the life of Le Corbusier and eminent architect Mr. Sen Kapadia would make a presentation of his works at the lecture. An evening of Music by Renowned Ghazal and Playback singer, Mr. Vinod Sehgal has also been organized at Government Museum & Art Gallery, Sector 10.