Aga Khan sees safeguarding of cultural heritage as a springboard for human development — AKDN Press Release| Photos and full Speech

London, 22 October 2015 – His Highness the Aga Khan, today hailed restoration and preservation of cultural heritage as “a development resource of immense, potential value” in the overall improvement of the quality of human life. In a keynote address to a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the International Council on Monuments and Sites…

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 (…) 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,…

Nila Gumbad reunited with the Humayun’s Tomb complex — India Today

Nila Gumbad, the beautiful blue-tiled tomb Nila Gumbad, the beautiful blue-tiled tomb, has finally been reunited with the Humayun’s Tomb complex. After nearly nine years, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has been able to close the 15-feet-wide road that cuts through the complex, leading to isolation and decay of the blue tomb. Every…

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…

ICDP and AKRSP held one day workshop on enhancing employ-ability and leadership – by G. H. Farooqui at Ground Report com

ON day workshop on 2nd Dialogue on Enhancing employability and leadership in Youth (EELY) was held for small organizations.   CHITRAL: A day long second dialogue on Enhancing Employability and Leadership in Youth (EELY) was held in a local hotel for members of different village organizations, women organizations and youth organizations. The workshop was conducted…

Reading Lists by ‘The Institute of Ismaili Studies’, United Kingdom

The reading lists that follow are intended as a preliminary suggestion of books in English for self-motivated students without an academic training or knowledge of languages of the Muslim world, but with some elementary acquaintance with Islam and a serious interest in building on it further. The lists are not representative of the entire scope…

Video: Re-dedication ceremony at the Herat Citadel

U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, Herat Governor Dr. Da’ud Saba, Afghan Minister of Culture Makhdom Raheen, German Cutural Affairs Counselor Bertram Dierkes-leifeld, and Ajmal Maiwandi, Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, participated in a re-dedication ceremony at the Qala Iktyaruddin (Citadel) in Herat, Afghanistan.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAABrLuW66U&feature=player_embedded Related posts from our archive Restored…

Amidst war, an Afghan renaissance – By Esha Chhabra at The AFPak Channel

We often see the arts as only fit for museums, galleries, and film festivals, cloistered in halls only for the intellectual elite.  But the arts can help build a nation, or in the case of Afghanistan, are rebuilding a nation, employing its people, and recalling a history forgotten in recent decades of continuous conflict. And…

Russia to Malasia: ‘The New Straits Times’ article on Aga Khan Museum collection exhibition at State Hermitage in St Petersburg

  ART & ABOUT: The many faces of Islamic architecture By LUCIEN DE GUISE *****  LINKS between Malaysia and Russia have always been limited. Iiiustrated manuscript from Anwar-i Suhayli,Iran, 1593 In the cultural arena, the connections are virtually non-existent. Celebrity associations are more of a magnet than most. I remember when ex-President Gorbachev’s nephew put…