Indradhanush – Volume II

The Indra Dhanush initiative was started in 2012 in Rashtrapati Bhavan with the objective of showcasing the magnificence of performing arts in India.

This is the second volume that compiles all major cultural events, array of performances that have taken place between July 2014- 2016 in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Some of the stalwarts whose performances have been covered in this volume are: Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Chhannulal Mishra, Girija Devi, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Priyadarsini Govind, Malavika Sarrukai, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Shekhar Sen, to name a few.

Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj

This book, written for children, by Subhadra Sengupta, tells the story of Rashtrapati Bhavan – from its construction as Government House, a symbol of grandeur of the British Empire to its final destiny as the house of the President of India.

The reader is taken through the famous red-domed building, its magnificent gardens and given a peek into its workings, in a lucid and crisp style.

Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The volume titled Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan, is an attempt to record the human history of the residents living in the President’s Estate. This documents the period under the colonial state right up to the current presidency and brings in the perspectives of past and present residents of the estate, the permanent staff of the household and secretariat as well as the officials who have served under different presidencies.

The First Garden of the Republic

Nature on The President’s Estate

First Garden of the Republic documents the flora and fauna of the Estate across the seasons. It shows how human agency creates and curates this habitat, looking particularly at the quiet yet constant work done by the mails (gardeners). This book explores how plants and animals make the President’s Estate their own, adapting it to their ends, and the challenges these living creatures and their habitats face today.

Arts and Interiors of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

This volume extensively documents and catalogues the various artworks on display in the lush interiors of the vast Rashtrapati Bhavan estate. It includes vivid descriptions about the history and stylistic features of the furniture, paintings. It also covers interesting information about textiles, murals, and carpets that adorn the estate. Illustrated with pictures of artworks, reproductions of plans and rare archival documents, the reader gets an entry into the magnificent world and is made familiar with the general interior design of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Discover the Magnificent World of Rashtrapati Bhavan

This short children’s volume aims to acquaint children with the fascinating story of the Rashtrapati Bhavan – how it was built, the events it has witnessed and the role that it plays in the life of the nation and the people who live and work there. Through interesting stories, fascinating facts and descriptive chapters, this book takes children into the vast estate of magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan and gives them a glimpse of life there.

A Work of Beauty

The Architecture and Landscape of

The Rashtrapati Bhavan

This exhaustive volume documents the entire landscape around and architecture of the Rashtrapati Bhavan estate, starting from its construction as Government House, after the capital of British India shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.

Around India's First Table

Dining and Entertaining at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

This volume traces the history of dining and entertaining at Rashtrapati Bhavan from the days when the British viceroys served French food in the stately dining room, through the early years of the republic, and the gradual replacement from Western to Indian cuisine. The reader is taken behind the scenes to follow the careful preparations which make India’s first table a site for successful gastronomic diplomacy.


Pranab Mukherjee

The President of India

This volume includes fifty- two important speeches delivered by the President from July 2012 to June 2015. They range from addresses to the Nation, the Parliament and the Armed forces. These speeches are a reflection on the thoughts and views of the President.



Pranab Mukherjee

The President of India

The speeches in this volume cover the President’s addresses at Institutes of Higher Learning, Conferences of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, State banquets and his speeches while on important visits abroad.


Pranab Mukherjee

The President of India

'Selected Speeches of the President' - Vol. III is third in a series of volumes containing important speeches of the President. Speeches in this volume have been segregated into three themes, namely, Award Functions, Important Days and Events and Conferences. These speeches reflect the President's deep understanding and appreciation of the subjects and his vision of where he wants to see our country to be in these sectors.



This collector’s book chronicles the history and traditions of the President’s bodyguard, the oldest regiment of the Indian Army that serves as the household cavalry to the President of India. This book traces the history and ethos of this remarkable regiment and captures the social camaraderie, stories of bravery and the rich traditions over the past 240 years. The book has been produced in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)



This informative book documents visits by foreign dignitaries to India from 1947 to 1967. Filled with little known anecdotes and rare photographs, this introduces an interesting aspect of diplomacy to the common public. This beautifully designed and well researched book is authored by Dr. Thomas Mathew, Additional Secretary to The President. The book gives a glimpse of the life ‘under the dome’ and takes the reader through some of the lesser known pages of the history.


'The Presidential Retreats of India' published by the Publications Division covers "The Retreat" at Mashobra and "Rashtrapati Nilayam" at Secunderabad. Both these are 19th century heritage buildings. In this volume, a team of authors led by Gillian Wright trace the history of grand city residences and rural retreats from the time of construction of Government House, Kolkata (now Raj Bhawan) and the riverside retreat of Barrackpur. The authors look afresh at the Presidential Retreats' imposing partner buildings―Shimla's Viceregal Lodge (later the Rashtrapati Niwas and then, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study) and the Residency, Hyderabad. They throw new light on the context of the Retreats by analyzing the development of hill stations and the evolution of Hyderabad's military cantonments. For the first time, they bring to the public eye, the Retreats themselves, their architecture and interiors.

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