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The Originals: Meet the people who worked with Bawa


Every week, Krishna Jagadeesan spends a day with memories of Geoffrey Bawa.

He dusts and mops but does not rearrange anything in Bawa’s room at the garden estate of Lunuganga. It is Krishna’s duty to keep everything inside as it was. Having joined the staff at Lunuganga in 1999, one of Krishna’s earliest tasks was to memorize the sound of 14 different bells – each hung at a different point in the property, they would tell him that Bawa needed something, and where the architect was on the sprawling property.

Today, Krishna will ring the bells when he is leading a tour group around the property, allowing them to imagine, just for a moment, that the architect is calling for his evening gin and tonic.

Read the rest of this photo story in Architectural Digest India’s ‘Bawa Issue,’ published in July 2019. Text by Smriti Daniel. Photographs by Dominic Sansoni.