Death, in Bollywood dramas, invariably meets its elegiac end on a riverside pyre at twilight. Never on an electric or wood furnace in a dreary municipal crematorium, where about 75% of the dead end up in most cities.
Urban crematoria are all function and little form: grim and banal, they have nothing of the sublime beauty of graveyards or the enigma of the Towers of Silence. Interestingly, cities like Coimbatore, Erode and Surat have signature crematoria designed by private architectural firms and widely cited in global architecture magazines. Commissioned typically by charitable trusts that manage these public facilities, they are sleek, unique and fittingly moving.

For Mancini Enterprises, an architectural concern in Chennai popular for its clubs and resorts, the crematorium was a first. It was commissioned by GDK Charity Trust, a non-profit that had built and operated a crematorium on behalf of the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation in 1992. The facility built then had to be replaced by a new structure that made more room for the living.”People who’d attend the last rites couldn’t fit into the old crematorium; they’d spill over into the portico,” says G Venkatesh -project coordinator at the trust, whose crematorium runs two electric furnaces where around 18 bodies are incinerated daily . The new facility, completed last year, cost Rs 1.5 crore.

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