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The Saint, the Chair & the City : A portrait of Pierre Jeanneret
Pierrick Mouton
Pièce (120)
Pièce (120)

by Pierrick Mouton

After the partition of India in 1947, the former British province of Punjab was split between East Punjab, in India, and West Punjab, in Pakistan. A new capital city was thus required to replace Lahore, which had become part of Pakistan. Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, dreamt to build a utopian new capital. Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret were commissioned to work on this new city’s master plan. Named after Hindu goddess Chandi: Chandigarh was born. Developed jointly by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret, the city of Chandigarh was despite all expectations, greatly shaped by the spirit of the latter. Jeanneret moved to India in 1951, where he remained for fifteen years.

This is the story of a wise man, the unsung hero of Chandigarh, working in the shadow of a master. A tribute to discretion and commitment. This is the story of Pierre Jeanneret in the light of those who have known him personally

With the participation of :

Sangeeta Bagga, director of Chandigarh College of architecture
Kiran joshi, Professor, Chandigarh College of architecture
Shivdatt Sharma, architect and collaborator of Le corbusier
Deepika Ghandi, Director at Le corbuiser center
Jeet Malhotra, Architect
Bagha Surinder, Architect and urbanist
Mr Manmohan Lal SARIN, Lawyer and neighboor of Pierre Jeanneret

Co-produced by *Duuu
Sound recording: Pierrick Mouton
Mixing & mastering: Gaspard Collin
Voice over: Charlie Jeffery
Original music: Jim Grandcamp
with special thanks to Alliance française (Chandigarh) and Institut français (New Delhi)