"It is perhaps for the first time that a book on the Indian indigenous
architecture is attempted. Written in a lucid diction, it deals with the architectural
traditions of Indian adivasi communities, highlighting the vital architectural
peculiarities of indigenous domestic architecture, which have so far remained completely
ignored. The dwellings of `adivasi' people living in the secluded pockets are the true
`homes' in letter and spirit which offer warm, affectionate and protective acceptance like
mother's bosom, because each person of the family puts in his heart, soul and sweat to
make these from the locally available raw materials. The walls painted with the enhanting
devices and figures from an integral part of these `homes'. Thus, if the structure is a
`physical component' of a `home', the wall paintings from its `spiritual component'.
Therefore, none of these `homes' is a cold structure, but the vibrant embodiment of
The architecture of these dwellings is a class by itself for its nostalgic charm and
quintessential qualities. It never transgresses the natural ambiance of the locality, but
complements it by imparting `humane' touch. Thus, each of the traditional homesteads from
an organic part of the local environment.
This study may provide knowledge base to conceptualise the idea of `Green Architecture'
or `Natural Architecture', which has lately become a worldwide craze against the
conventional or the `synthetic architecture'. Obviously, the `Green Architecture' has to
be eco-friendly, conducive to the body, spirit and lifestyle of the people, responsive to
the local cultural ethos and the natural environment. If some practices of the indigenous
Indian architecture are modified and adopted int the `Green Architecture' for the
residential buildings as an alternative to the conventional `synthetic architecture', the
landscape shall look naturally greener and pleasing.
The book, spread in 13 chapters, is based on the field study of many years covering
most of the `adivasi' pocket of the country. The book is tastefully illustrated with 80
interesting sketches, drawings and a few photographs that the author prepared during his
field studies. This pioneering work is of great use and interest for the architects,
policymakers, planners, sociologists and general readers."