Water flows for the first time in centuries in the first chahar-bagh (four-part paradise garden) to surround a Mughal tomb on the subcontinent. – Photo: AKDN/Patrick Ruchdi
Underground museum at Humayun’s Tomb in 2 years — Times of India com
NEW DELHI: Come 2017, the city will have its first, fully underground museum at the world-famous Humayun’s Tomb complex, which will showcase art, culture and architectural history of the Nizamuddin area spanning over seven centuries. Inspired by the traditional baolis of northern India, the one-of-its-kind museum will be constructed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Programme.
The foundation stone will be laid on Tuesday by Union tourism minister Dr Mahesh Sharma in the presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, who will be in Delhi to receive the Padma Vibhushan. Officials said this would be the first of the site museums planned by the culture ministry as part of the 25 adarsh or “model” monuments programme.
Work on first sunken museum at Humayun’s Tomb to begin Tuesday — Business Standard com
Press Trust of India | New Delhi
April 5, 2015
Work will begin Tuesday on the construction of the “country’s first” sunken museum at the iconic Humayun’s Tomb site, which after its completion in 2017 will showcase the heritage of the Nizamuddin Area over the last seven centuries.
Inspired from the medieval baolis (water tanks) of northern India, the underground site museum, with a built-up area of 9000 sq m, will marry modern 21st century architecture with Mughal-era craftsmanship in its design.
Expected to be completed in 30 months, the project has been pledged a fund of Rs 49 crore from the Tourism Ministry.
Work on first sunken museum at Humayun’s Tomb — Munsif TV
Nanda said, the design is inspired from the baolis, which are sunken and yet allow natural lighting and ventilation.
“This is to ensure visual linkages between important monuments located around the museum are retained…Also, the experience of an underground museum would be unique, as this would indeed be the country’s first sunken museum.”
“It will serve to interpret the historical development of the Nizamuddin Area over the last seven centuries. And, it is also expected that at least 100 objects related to the early Mughal era as well as the pluralistic Sufi traditions would also be displayed there,” he said.
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