Salim Zaweed is doing research at the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University. Having done his post graduation on Medieval Indian History, his doctoral thesis is centred around the Rajput Schools of Architecture in Medieval India. Besides his work on Bundela Architecture, he has also published in various reputed national journals a number of research papers on Kalinjar fort, Amber structures and Udaipur palaces.
This book is part of an ongoing research on regional schools of architecture as they developed in Medieval Rajasthan. Did these regional schools of Rajput architecture influence the Mughals, or was it a two way process? The Bundela sub-school of Medieval Rajput style was initiated during the 16th Century and was firmly established by the late 17th Century. The most spectacular examples of this sub-style are the structures of Orchha and Datia. The book concentrates on the monuments of Orchha and take into account the palaces, temples, residential structures, as well as gardens and utilitarian structures like stables and baths. Taking the chronological sequence of the individual structures into account, it tries to assess at what stage and in which sequence the various architectural elements come to be incorporated into and became part of, the Bundela sub-school of Rajput Style. Special attention is also paid to the decorative motifs and the surface decorations. Comprising of 30 figures, 39 plans and 22 plates, apart from a political map of Bundelkhand, the book would be useful for not only the students of Rajput and Mughal architecture, but also for the general readers interested in the marvels of Bundelkhand, especially Orchha.