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Stepwells, India

Wednesday 30 Jan 2008
 

Stepwells in India

 
Stepwells by WAN Editorial in India
Richard Cox 
 
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22/01/09 deepak, ranchi
can you send me the name of stepwell which was seen in famous hindi film paheli by sahrukh khan in 2005
 

1,000 years old and still standing. Coming soon: a unique insight into India’s forgotten structures 

These stunning images of Indian stepwells have been brought to WAN by Richard Cox who is currently in Rajasthan gathering more information and photographing these fascinating medieval structures.

Once the focal point of many Indian communities, stepwells were mostly phased out during British rule due to concerns about water borne parasites. They never returned to mainstream use. Richard Cox describes their use, “During their heyday, they were a place of gathering, of leisure, of relaxation and of worship for villages of all but the lowest castes. Men gained respite from the heat in the covered pavilions, while the women had a rare chance to chat amongst themselves while drawing water for their families.”

Have been neglected for centuries, efforts are now being made to restore many of the wells. More recently, many have become dry as groundwater has been diverted for industrial use and the wells no longer reach the water table.

Stepwells are mainly to be found dotted about the desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan, some descending by as many as 170 steps and 46metres to reach the water.

A more detailed report will follow from Richard when he returns.

Richard Cox will be touring his exhibition:
“Subterranean Architecture: Stepwells in India” 2008-09.
For details, visit www.richard-cox.co.uk

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