Tracing bylanes / [videorecording] directed by Surabhi Sharma. - Mumbai : SurFilms, 2011. - 1 videodisc (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Chandigarh, a celebrated instance of modern city planning, was born out of a loss. Partition cut the province of Punjab into two. East Punjab remained with the now divided, newly independent India -- a federal state without its principal city. A new city was proposed, one that would erase the experience of dismemberment, and break free of Tradition. Le Corbusier was commissioned to plan and build this Capital. The grand plan, this city of the perfect grid that Le Corbusier designed, is scientific and even touching in its humanism. When and why does an ideal city begin to look like an ossified, museumised form? Less than sixty years later Chandigarh struggles to retain its iconic character. Tracing Bylanes maps Chandigarh's unresolved tensions; its illicit aspirations and growing pains. It seeks to recognize Chandigarh's singular achievements, and holds a mirror to the inevitability of transgressions.


HDV; PAL; full screen format


In English and Hindi with English subtitles.


Chandigarh (India)--Social Conditions.
Chandigarh (India)--Description and travel.
City planning --Chandigarh--India.


Documentary films.
Feature films.

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