Excerpt: “The greyish finial is a concrete one that was added sometime after 1976 as the old photographs don’t have it. We are getting it done in copper and will begin work on the tomb once it is installed,” says Prashant Banerjee of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is executing the conservation and restoration work at the Qutb Shahi Tombs complex. Guided by Telangana Director of Heritage N.R. Visalatchy, the work at the tombs complex is going on at a frenetic pace.
“The conservation and landscape restoration effort at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park requires conservation of 80 structures dating from the 16th / 17th centuries. It is encouraging that the German Federal Foreign Office has provided funds to restore the profusely ornamented twin tombs. As with conservation of all these structures, a majority of funds will go towards master-craftsmen wages,” informs Ratish Nanda of AKTC.