Charles Correa, known for his contribution to modern architecture and urban planning in India, passed away on Tuesday in Mumbai
Charles Correa, arguably India's greatest contemporary architect, passed away on Tuesday night in Mumbai following a brief illness. He was 84.
He was responsible for designing many landmark buildings, starting with the Gandhi Memorial at Sabarmati, when he was only 28. Other notable structures include Bharat Bhavan and Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal, the Permanent Mission of India at the UN, New York, Kala Academy in Goa and the Kanchanjunga residential tower in Mumbai. Correa's great works include Navi Mumbai -- the city across Mumbai's harbour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of well-known architect Charles Correa. "My deepest condolences on the passing away of the noted architect, Mr Charles Correa. May his soul rest in peace," the PM tweeted.
An expert on urban planning, Correa was appointed the first chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation. A proponent of 'open-to-skies' spaces, the renowned architect liked using local techniques and aesthetics in his buildings. He didn't like what was happening to Mumbai's landscape and skyline, and was at the forefront of an intense debate over the shape and form the city should take.
Two works in Kerala of renowned architect Charles Correa will remain immortal. Visitors to Kovalam cherish the memories of the beach and enjoy the breathtaking view of the 183-room Leela Kovalam, a five-star hotel that's perched on a peak overlooking the sea. Correa had designed the hotel, which was originally built for the India Tourism Development Corp (ITDC) during 1969-74 and is an architectural marvel till date.
The second hugely popular architecture designed by Correa is the Parumala Church located near Thiruvalla about 120 km from Thiruvananthapuram belongs to the Malankara Orthodox Church, that was completed in the year 2000. This church seating more than 2,000 worshippers reflects the history, tradition and culture of a conventional Indian church. The church is circular in design and has an inner diameter of 39 meters.
Correa had received numerous prestigious national and international awards.