Gandhi and his followers marched from the Ashram through Dandi Bridge and the crematorium site before entering the old city. Similar to how the Ashram Laundry parasites the riverfront and the Sabarmati River, Dandi Crematorium acts as a part of the Sabarmati Riverfront City proposal to re-engage the Sabarmati River with narratology of rituals and narratives of the in-between spaces.
Indian rituals are always respected, and they never completely disappear. In Hinduism, the belief is that life is based on illusion of being in samsara, which is conditioned by karma. Yet souls are able to liberate from samsara by cremation. Cremation is a part of the rituals that reincarnate souls to the next level, to give the souls freedom from their past lives’ sins. In this rite of passage, it requires the combination of fire and water – fire for escape, and water to rebirth. Therefore, dying in Hinduism is not the end of life, it is the beginning.
Carrying this main narrative, this project aims to initiate a rebirth city by re-establishing the relation between the city of living and the city of death through re-engagement with water, boundaries and ecology. The in-between condition of the living and the dead makes up a series of soft boundaries that rely on each other. The new range of liminal transpositions across the territory include the proposal to plant large areas of local trees. Some are coppiced as demand to provide the firewood, and yet, they provide the space for the living, shaping a park with chai stalls and places of rest and repose.