Restoring mughal magnificence — The Statesman com India|The heritage sites could not only sustain themselves but could become catalysts for the revitalisation of historic districts

Humayun Tomb

Humayun Tomb

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Around the same time, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture set out to prove that heritage sites could not only sustain themselves but could become catalysts for the revitalisation of historic districts. It  began by restoring the gardens of Humayun’s Tomb as a gift to India from His Highness, the Aga Khan, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Independence. Following the restoration of the garden in 2004, the Trust expanded its activities to encompass an urban renewal project that comprised the adjoining areas of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, Sundar Nursery and the Humayun Tomb complex.
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Discovery Channel and Discovery HD will air an exclusive programme – Revealed: Humayun’s Tomb, on 27 July at 9pm. The one-hour special will unravel many concealed secrets of this architectural marvel and narrate the majestic story behind the life of the Mughal Emperor and his dynasty. Using dramatic re-enactment, high-end Computer Generated Imagery animation, extensive research and expert opinion, Discovery has recreated the imagery of the early Mughal era and its key characters.

Running parallel to the historical theme, the programme will also follow the restoration work undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India.

 

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