World heritage conservation body to hold meet in Delhi — By Cheena Kapoor on DNA India com | Watch Aga Khan speaks at ICOMOS 50th anniversary conference

More than 800 delegates — with hundreds of heritage professionals including archaeologists, architects, urban planners, curators and art historians — from 85 countries will be coming to the Capital to attend an ‘general assembly’ meet organised by International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a body which conserves and protects cultural heritage around the world….

Poet Rahim’s tomb Delhi regains its beauty, history and poetry

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Highlights: Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana, one of the ‘Navratnas’ (nine gems) in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court Commonly known as Rahim among “Tulsi, Kabir and Rahim” fame A poet, who through couplets venerating Lord Krishna, stands for everything that India is proud of Unlike Emperor Shah Jahan’s monument of love to his wife,…

Tomb of Rahim Khan-i-Khanan to be restored — Indo Asian News Service on InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s collaboration project

New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Tuesday announced they would collaborate to conserve and restore Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s tomb in the capital. Popularly known as Rahim and immortalized through his dohas’s or couplets, Rahim was amongst the most important ministers in Akbar’s court. He was one…

Monumental effort — The Hindu com

Ratish Nanda of Agha Khan  Ratish Nanda, who will be at The Hindu Lit For Life in Delhi, talks about the Urban Renewal Initiative (…) As the project director of Aga Khan Trust For Culture, he has been instrumental in the Urban Renewal Initiative — in partnership with CPWD and ASI — which seeks to…

“Chalo Dilli” — Tax free thoughts wordpress com

“snip” After a long 21 hour journey in the slowest train between Mumbai-Delhi, Sampark Kranti Express, (efforts count), Delhi welcomed me with its muggy weather, no complaint because my first halt was discovering a ‘Green Mine’ in the heart of the city… It is a nursery adjacent to the Humayun’s tomb. What’s the big deal…

Tughlaq-era bridge found in Nizamuddin – The Times of India com news

NEW DELHI: A Tughlaq-era bridge was recently unearthed inside a tiny DDA park within the Nizamuddin basti area. (…) “snip” Historians claim the bridge is from the same period as Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Several monumental buildings were built in Nizamuddin Basti during this period, such as the Khilji-era Jamat Khana mosque and the Tughlaq-era Nizamuddin…

Nizamuddin park gets a makeover – The Times of India article

NEW DELHI: A socio-economic survey of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in 2008 revealed that less that 2% of the local population visited parks. The fact that parks of over 5 acres surrounded the basti did little to stir people’s interest. In order to overcome this mindset, a newly landscaped park was inaugurated by additional CP Ajay…

Restoring Delhi’s Crowning Jewel – Wall Street Journal com India news story

By Megha Bahree Christophe Archambault/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images People enjoy a stroll at Delhi’s Humayun Tomb. When New Delhi was made the capital of India a 100 years ago, the site was already dotted with impressive Mughal buildings and the city’s ancient heritage was one of the factors that attracted the British to Delhi. “snip” The…

This is Nizamuddin Basti: The Rockstars’ basti – Daily Pioneer com news

The Rockstars’ basti ***** While Ranbir Kapoor may have played a fictional role of a grand star in his recent movie, Nizamuddin Basti has for real been flourishing and inspiring its inhabitants, says Rahul Devrani Mohammed Umair has been greatly influenced by Ranbir Kapoor’s recent blockbuster Rockstar. Neither for his acting skills nor the script…

AKTC Launches Guidebook of Humayun’s Tomb for Children – AKDN Press Centre

  Let’s Explore Humayun’s TombDelhi, 22 November 20011 — Humayun’s Tomb, one of India’s 26 World Heritage Sites, is visited by over 300,000 school children every year. But until recently, they did not have a child-friendly guide book to the site. With the launch of “Let’s Explore Humayun’s Tomb”, that is set to change. The…

India: Ghalib’s mazar to come alive again with mushairas – Indian Express

More than a hundred years after Mirza Ghalib’s death, the Mazar-e-Ghalib in Nizamuddin Basti is set to throw open its courtyards for mushairas once again. Following extensive landscaping and conservation work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Ghalib’s tomb and its courtyard enclosure have now been restored to their historic splendour with hand-carved…