Nonagenarian Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi is one of the most distinguished architects in India who is known for his outstanding works in the field of architecture and design. The architect is Padma Bhushan recipient and India’s first architect to have been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. On the occasion of B.V. Doshi's 94th birthday, Classic Marble Company (CMC), India’s largest stones conglomerate, felicitated him with a memento titled Jalsha. The life-size sculpture depicting a whale breaking out of the ocean has been carved out of the company’s exquisite KalingaStone engineered marble, Royal Black Terrazzo. The most amazing thing is that the magnificent structure originally was commissioned by CMC last year and was designed by the virtuoso Shri B V Doshi himself. Read the complete report below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
Also Read: 21 Inspiring Quotes by BV Doshi, selected by Vertica Dvivedi
CMC recently celebrated the 94th birthday of highly eminent architect- B.V. Doshi on his Ahmedabad office.
The company presented him with Jalsha’ – A Kalingastone Marble Masterpiece. Jalsha is based on the concept of the ocean catching fire and it tries to capture the frenzy of all the sea’s creatures as the ocean rushes out of its own nether cavity to escape the scorching heat.
Talking about the sculpture, Ar. B.V. Doshi says, “Last year when Amit presented me with a 10ft X 4ft X 3ft block of Royal Black Terrazzo, I decided to let my imagination run wild. I have never thought of design as static, or stationary. Working on this sculpture took me back to my childhood, to the days when the poetry of Kabir transported me to an imaginary land. The sculpture is a tale of fluidity, of motion, of vivid imagination and endless opportunity, of breaking our boundaries and thinking out of the box at all times. It is a privilege to receive one of my cherished designs as a birthday gift and I thank CMC and Amit for it.”
(Left) Mr Amit Shah, MD, CMC | (Right} Architect B V Doshi
The extraordinaire architect is one of the most notable figures of Indian architecture who is famous for his wonderful contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn inspired his work throughout his career. Under their influence, he become a modern a forerunner of modernist and brutalist architecture in India.
Also Read: Few selected comments & conversation between legends: BV Doshi and Alvaro Siza
Mr. Amit Shah, Managing Director, CMC gave a concluding remark, “Shri B.V. Doshi is not just a distinguished architect of our times but he is an inspiration to the profession of architecture itself. He is the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. His body-of-work continues to inspire a new generation of architects across the world and we are just glad to have had the honour of working with him. On his 94th birthday, we wish him good health and happiness.”
About Classic Marble Company
Classic Marble Company (CMC) since its inception in 1994 has grown to become the number 1 stone company in India. CMC’s factory at Silvassa is an ocean of opulence exhibiting over 5,00,000 sq. m. of finished marbles slabs, with a production capacity of 30 million sq. ft. of natural marble and 30 million sq. ft. of agglomerated marble and quartz per annum. CMC offers an exhaustive range of over 900 varieties in travertine, onyx, limestone, and a host of exquisite stones sourced from over 45 different countries. Its exclusive KalingaStone range of over 200 engineered marble and quartz products are a bespoke collection including the gorgeous Terrazzo.The company’s latest addition is the magnificent ‘9th Avenue’ galleria in Silvassa which showcases around 200 rarest and most beautiful natural stones found on earth. CMC also offers the world’s best porcelain surface designs with Kalesinterflex – the only ceramic slabs that can flex, Quadra – the extra-large porcelain slab with homogeneous body and Techlam – the 3mm thin, large format porcelain slab.
Keep reading SURFACES REPORTER for more such articles and stories.
Join us in SOCIAL MEDIA to stay updated
SR FACEBOOK | SR LINKEDIN | SR INSTAGRAM | SR YOUTUBE
Further, Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter
Also, check out Surfaces Reporter’s encouraging, exciting and educational WEBINARS here.
You may also like to read about:
When legends meet! BV Doshi India & Alvaro Siza Portugal
Architect B V Doshi conferred with Honorary Membership of American Academy of Art and Letters | Surfaces Reporter
Architect Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi Turns 93! Updated Architecture Projects of the Pritzker Laureate