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Liberty calling

24 December, 2016
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Archives: Liberty Cinema’s Foundation Laying Ceremony (1947)

New Marine Lines.

Art Deco was undoubtedly Bombay’s national architectural style, flourishing in the 1930s and 40s and openly challenging with its bright colours and muscular motifs, the sombre colonial styles of Neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic.

But it was with the building of Liberty cinema, that we see a culmination of Art Deco’s engagement with Indian nationalism. The cinema’s foundation laying ceremony was held in 1947, its name reflecting the state of the new nation, and it opened in 1949, as a space where only Hindi films would be screened.

New Marine Lines came to house the city’s most powerful expression of its modernity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism.

Photo courtesy Mr. Nazir Hoosein.

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The age of Art Deco

27 June, 2016
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Staircases: Liberty (1949)

New Marine Lines.

The opening of the great cinemas Regal in 1933 and Liberty in 1949, can neatly mark the age of Art Deco in Bombay.

During this period, Art Deco transformed the cityscape with its streamlined forms, colourful facades and iconography of speed and travel.

Hashim Badani gives Liberty a good dekho.

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