Aga Khan Trust for Culture to restore Rahim Khan-e-Khanan’s Tomb as part of its Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative in Delhi, India

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), having successfully undertaken repair and renovation work on Humayun’s Tomb and several other monuments in its vicinity, has now turned its attention to Rahim’s Tomb as part of its Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative. While the conservation work being undertaken by the AKTC, … is of great architectural significance laying out as it is a blueprint for conservation projects elsewhere in India, the intention to revisit Rahim’s legacy is equally laudable.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture's restoration and conservation work in Delhi, India, the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative now extends to restore Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan’s Tomb. (Image credit: Scroll.in)
Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s restoration and conservation work in Delhi, India, the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative now extends to restore Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan’s Tomb. (Image credit: Scroll.in)

Meet Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan, who was also the ‘bhakta’ poet Rahim Das

Rahim was a linguist, who spoke some Portuguese and wrote extensively in Braj, Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian.

By Rakhshanda Jalil for Scroll India. Posted Saturday, August 27th 2016

Poet, statesman, soldier, one of Akbar’s navratna or Nine Jewels, an early-day proponent of a secular all-embracing all-encompassing culture of inclusiveness that has been “native” to this land long before the proponents of Akhand Bharat became clamorous, founding father of the movement to popularise the people’s language as the language of poetic and creative expression instead of the high-brow Persian and Turkish of the Mughal court, and patron saint of modern-day translators – Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan was all this and much more.

… Its proximity to the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia, the thirteenth-century Sufi saint, makes it part of a cluster of over 100 monuments, mostly mausoleums and mosques, that together comprise the densest ensemble of medieval monuments anywhere in India. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), having successfully undertaken repair and renovation work on Humayun’s Tomb and several other monuments in its vicinity, has now turned its attention to Rahim’s Tomb as part of its Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative. While the conservation work being undertaken by the AKTC, in collaboration with the Inter Globe Foundation, is of great architectural significance laying out as it is a blueprint for conservation projects elsewhere in India, the intention to revisit Rahim’s legacy is equally laudable.

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