Aga Khan Cultural Services, Pakistan & Walled City Lahore Authority: Rescuing Lahore's Masjid Wazir Khan

Aga Khan Cultural Services, Pakistan and Walled City Lahore Authority: Rescuing Lahore’s Masjid Wazir Khan

The Mughal Era Masjid Wazir Khan needs immediate measures for its renovation, preservation and conservation otherwise it may face a horrible fate. The mosque is facing serious threats due to indifferent management, improper and inadequate conservation and upkeep. Masjid Wazir Khan (Wazir Khan Mosque) was built in 1634-35 AD (1044-45 AH), by Hakim Aliuddin, subedar…

UNESCO Collection Reissued - Featuring The Symphony of Nature and Mongolia

Smithsonian: UNESCO Collection Reissued – Featuring The Symphony of Nature and Mongolia

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum of the U.S., has recently re-released the albums Symphony of Nature: Music on the Themes of Water, Fire, Air and Earth and Mongolia: Traditional Music as part of the extensive and influential UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. 1. Symphony of Nature – Various Artists…

Masjid Wazir Khan Lahore needs renovation - Aga Khan Trust for Culture to analyze issues faced by the structure

Masjid Wazir Khan Lahore needs renovation – Aga Khan Trust for Culture to analyze issues faced by the structure

Excerpt: The Mughal Era Masjid Wazir Khan needs immediate measures for its renovation, preservation and conservation otherwise it may face a horrible fate. [...] A senior official of WCLA said a comprehensive documentation of the monument that started in May 2009 was carried out by a technical team of conservation architects and engineers from the…

Walled City Lahore: Work on Shahi Hamam excavation project has started with the help of Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Walled City Lahore: Progress of excavation work for Shahi Hamam project with the help of Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Excerpt: Excavation of Shahi Hamam was started by WCLA in November 2013 in collaboration with the Agha Khan Trust for Culture and international excavators started working on the project. WCLA officials said in 1955, Shahi Hammam was recognized as a cultural asset and declared a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology. The entrance gateway…

Kiran Ahluwalia & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali: Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum

Kiran Ahluwalia & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali: Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum

Royal Conservatory 2014-2015 Season, World Music Series, World Music, Royal Conservatory Presents South Asian vocal traditions take centre stage as Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart through ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. To open the evening, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, bring the propulsive energy of qawwali to Koerner Hall.…

A 400-year-old fort undergoes a major facelift in Pakistan - An impoverished town gets much-needed opportunities

A 400-year-old fort undergoes a major facelift in Pakistan – An impoverished town gets much-needed opportunities

Pakistan’s Shigar Fort: From Shambles To Chic Sustainability By Zofeen Ebrahim/mintpressnews Upon seeing the fort’s state of decay, the Aga Khan Cultural Service of Pakistan offered to restore it through its Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme in 2000. After five years of restoration and conservation work, and over a million dollars in funding, the 400-year-old…

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre, & Islamic-inspired Park

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre & Islamic-inspired Park

Toronto Trio: A museum, Ismaili Centre, and islamic-inspired park are significant additions to the city that aim to facilitate mutual understanding and exchange between different communities and faiths. By: Elsa Lam / Canadian Architect While the Aga Khan’s development agencies often choose to work behind the scenes, their new Toronto projects are impossible to keep…

"The enthronement of Hurmuzd,” folio from an early 14th century “CAMA” Shahnama manuscript. On temporary loan to the Shahnama Centre from the collection of the late Dr. Mehdi Gharavi. Image courtesy Ameneh Gharavi and Dean Entekabi

Connections: Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies – Pembroke College (University of Cambridge), Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Sir Isaac Newton Trust, Iran Heritage Foundation, British Academy.

Shahnama or The Book of Kings by Abu’l-Qasim Hasan Firdausi and its crucial role in the formation of the Iranian cultural identity throughout the ages to present day. The text of the Shahnama, based on the ancient Iranian mythology, was completed in 1010 and is the longest poem ever written by a single author in the whole history of humankind. Global philanthropist Bita…

Hit by storm, repair on Humayun’s Tomb dome begins

Hit by storm, repair on Humayun’s Tomb dome begins

The restoration work on the century-old wooden dome core of the brass finial of Humayun’s Tomb, which was damaged during the squall that hit the city on Friday evening, has begun.Immediately after the damage was reported by guards and eyewitnesses, officials from Archaeological Survey if India ASI and Agha Khan Trust for Culture AKTC had…

A Love Affair with Hunza

I first arrived in Hunza some 12 years back and fell in love with it at first sight. The peaceful environs of Karimabad, the hospitable people, the magnificent Rakaposhi, the gushing streams flowing through terraced fields, star-studded nights and the shooting stars all together made me believe that if there is heaven on earth, it…

A Surprising Discovery at Qutub Shahi Tombs

A Surprising Discovery at Qutub Shahi Tombs

HYDERABAD: Restoration work at the Qutub Shahi Tombs by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has led to the surprise discovery of the signs of an old gate within the complex from where the burial processions from the Golconda Fort entered the tombs complex for the final ceremony of the departed royal. Initial excavation on…