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Jaisalmer
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After a short visit to the Thar desert in Rajasthan, we are taken to the archetypal pre-industrial desert village and its mud dwellings in order to introduce the context in which the golden city of Jaisalmer came up. The legend behind Jaisalmer's foundation; its past economic importance as a trading post, and the forces that led to its decline are all evoked while we slowly enter into the city which has many lessons to give to contemporary architecture. While exploring the city, we look at the amazing architectural monuments and landmarks of the city, its highly sophisticated urban organization, but also the impact of tourism and industrialisation on it and on the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants. The golden fort of Jaisalmer, the Royal palace and the Patwon ki Haveli, the villa of a family of rich merchants are some of the masterpieces of the architecture of Jaisalmer that are studied in detail during this exploration of the city.


A voice over narration is cut to live images and sounds of Jaisalmer and the desert, accompanied by Rajasthani Folk music.
 


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International documentary film festival, Bombay, 1996

 

45 minutes
English

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