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Large swathes of cultural landscapes in South Asia and the Indian subcontinent in particular have remained unexplored. In this context, research on cultural landscapes are largely focused on the viewscapes of the natural setting and urban fabric, whereas interpretations based on the other scapes are overlooked. Of these other scapes, the soundscape is vital in the emerging distinctive character or identity to the cultural landscape. Also soundscape contributes in creating a sense of belonging and attachment. In order to have a comprehensive understanding of cultural landscape it is crucial to have insight into the emerging soundscape. However, this requires a multidisciplinary approach. This research is an attempt to derive an analytical framework to explore the complexity of cultural landscape from the soundscape point of view. A case of Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, is studied as an historic urban cultural landscape. The analytical framework is proposed based on the elements and dimensions of the urban landscape at various hierarchical order. Further, it explores - how these elements and dimensions collectively contribute to the emerging soundscape integral to the cultural landscape. The derived analytical framework would be of help to conservation architects, designers and planners in decision making and implementing management strategies for heritage areas where the soundscape aspect is important.
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