Book Review: ‘The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad’ by Anisha Shekhar Mukherji

Red Fort: A Living Chronicle of India's Resilience Through Time.

Book Title: The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad: An Architectural History
Author: Anisha Shekhar Mukherji
Publisher: Westland Non-Fiction
Number of Pages: 392
ISBN: 978-9360455743
Date Published: Jan. 22, 2024
Price: INR 844

The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad by Anisha Shekhar Mukherji Book Cover

Book Review

India is renowned for its architecture, painting, language, and literature, with numerous structures constructed in different architectural styles. These structures include forts, palaces, gateways, temples, mosques, and gardens, all designed for safety and protection.

The Corbelled style of architecture, which used the arch, dome, and minaret, is a significant feature of these structures. The Red Fort, located on the west bank of the Yamuna River, is a symbol of Mughal power and majesty. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, it is renowned worldwide and is a testament to the country’s rich history. Located in central Delhi, the Red Fort was built on 30-metre-high sandstone, a material used for centuries by numerous masons. It is believed to have been built after nine years of hard work, allowing for day and night construction. The architecture of the Red Fort is amazing and appreciable for its creations five centuries ago, without modern technologies and methodologies, and is built with typical Mughal art and views.

Anisha Shekhar Mukherji’s “The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad” is an in-depth examination of the Red Fort’s rich history, depicting life during the Mughal era against the backdrop of Delhi’s environment. Mukherji chronicles the growth of the fort from its birth to the present day using over 300 drawings and numerous historical sources, such as court documents and travelogues. Furthermore, the book offers significant insights on preserving historic structures such as the Red Fort, making it a must-read for architecture fans and conservationists alike.

The book meticulously traces the development of the Red Fort’s structures, including renovations and alterations under British rule. It offers insights into its original purposes and configurations, presenting a nuanced understanding of its significance and legacy. The book appeals to a diverse audience, highlighting the allure of Mughal architecture and the importance of preserving cultural heritage.

The Red Fort, a symbol of India’s resilience and vitality, is visited annually by the Prime Minister on India’s Independence Day, reflecting on the country’s history, including the Mughal dynasty’s legacy and British colonial rule.

Check out our Latest Book Reviews

Thus, Anisha Shekhar Mukherji’s “The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad” is a compelling read for enthusiasts, tourists, conservationists, and scholars alike; this book serves as a gateway to understanding the enduring splendor of Mughal architecture and art history.

Get a copy now!