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Habitats of Commoners in India
First Online: June 5, 2001
Page Last Updated: January 10, 2018

Common Dwellings of India: An Introduction

"...The ordinary homes and temples in India ought to be documented too" -- Vishal Mehra, a patron wrote, " not just the great and famous ones." Indeed, it is in these ordinary abodes that India lives. I have put together this exhibit of the most common of the buildings found in India from my fathers' photographs, and I certainly believe that they reflect the pulse of India -- beauty, poverty, diversity, and devotion of her people.

You will notice the styles of the habitats vary with geography, available skill set of the builders, and the availability of raw materials. 

Welcome to the abodes of ordinary men and of ordinary Gods.

-Vikas Kamat

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Common Habitats of India
Abodes of Commons

Thou Art Everywhere, But I Worship Thee HereHow India Gets her WaterKrishna Temple, UdupiOld Fashioned Indian HouseA Building at Shantiniketan CampusToda temple with a curved roof
Marble roofs and arches of RajasthanThe Kalash (towering pot) of a Buddhist templeEarly Morning Art Outside a Tamilian HomeA Door in a Cancone TempleDesigns Around a Temple WindowPainted Temple of Malagi
Sirsi Marikamba TempleThe Gonda Habitat with Country TilesA Typical Hut, RajasthanPaintings on a Tribal Hut, BhojpurA Temple of Madhya PradeshEntrance to Temple, Goa
Entrance to Mangeshi TempleThatched HutsAdivasi Habitat, Madhya PradeshThe Khetapai Temple of BhaktalA Siddi HabitatBarsur Temple
Habitat of the Kadu-Kuruba TribalsThe Minaret of a MosqueTwo RoofsHome ImprovementTemple Inside Temple Inside TempleStone Benches at the Temple Entrance
Thatched Roof and Decorated Walls of a HutA Hut in Bandipur ForestA Poor Familys HabitatHabitat of a Basket WeaverHome of a Basket Weaver

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