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Bringing baoli back to life 2019-08-20

A baoli at Arab Ki Sarai is being revived where heritage and water conservation are being given equal weightage
Source: 
thehindu.com

At a time when many areas in Delhi and multiple cities across the country are facing acute water shortage, Mughal Emperor Jahangir-built baoli at Arab Ki Sarai can become a harbinger of hope for water conservation. It is being revived with the twin purpose of heritage and water conservation.

Restoration of 150-year-old Paigah Tombs begins; focus is also on making landscape attractive

Restoration of 150-year-old Paigah Tombs begins; focus is also on making landscape attractive
Source: 
The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) which is working on the restoration of Qutb Shahi Tombs has now taken up the renovation of Paigah Tombs, also known as the Taj Mahal of the Deccan.

The nearly 150-year-old necropolis is located near Santosh Nagar.
Paigah Nawabs were next only to the Nizams in military, political and economic power who ruled Hyderabad State from 1724 to 1948.

Though Paigah Tombs are part of the historical and architectural heritage of Hyderabad they have been lying in a state of neglect for several decades.

World’s largest picture wall conserved by WCLA, AKTC

World’s largest picture wall which is located at Lahore Fort has been completed by Walled City of Lahore Authority and AKTC
Source: 
pakistantoday.com.pk

LAHORE: The conservation of the western side of the world’s largest picture wall which is located at Lahore Fort has been completed by Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) in partnership Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Pakistan Today has learnt.

It is pertinent to mention here that the conservation work was started in January 2018 in which experts from different countries of the world worked.

WCLA organises session to study Lahore Fort’s picture wall with experts from Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)

Students and faculty members from all universities of Lahore attend ‘Meet the Expert’ organised by WCLA & AKTC  2019-04-08
Source: 
www.pakistantoday.com.pk

LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) on Tuesday organised another session of ‘Meet the Expert’ during which conservationists and architects briefed participants on conservation methodologies of the picture wall of Lahore Fort that also happens to be the world’s largest picture wall, Pakistan Today has learnt.

WCLA had invited students and faculty members from all universities of Lahore which have architecture, history, fine arts and social sciences departments. Almost 200 participants were present in the session which was held here at the summer palace of Lahore Fort.

Germany promises Rs 41.5 lakh for heritage ‘baoli’ 2019-03-27

The German Ambassdor Martin Ney, signs the Financial Agreement Treat with AKF  2019-03-27
Source: 
The Siasat Daily

New Delhi: The Aga Khan Foundation on Tuesday partnered with the German embassy, which will provide Rs 41.5 lakh for rebuilding of a traditional ‘baoli (water stepwell) in the Humayun Tomb’s complex here.

It was announced during the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Aga Khan Trust for Culture Chief Executive Ratish Nanda and the German envoy Martin Ney in the Mughal-era Arab Ki Sarai premises.

The Arab Ki Sarai, an Archeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monument, houses an out-of-use stepwell.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Concluding the Prince Claus Fund's Conference on Culture and Development, Amsterdam

Source: 
akdn.org

Your Majesty
Honourable Ministers
Excellencies
Directors of the Prince Claus Fund
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with gratitude and admiration that I participate in this event today. It gives me the opportunity to express publicly the enormous respect in which I hold Prince Claus, and the very great importance I attach to the work of the Prince Claus Fund. I am saddened that Prince Claus cannot be with us tonight, and I am sure that all of you will join me in requesting Her Majesty The Queen to convey to His Royal Highness our warmest regards and best wishes.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet Hosted in Honour of Govenor Perry, Houston. 2002-06-23

Source: 
akdn.org

Governor Perry,
First Lady of Texas, Anita Perry,
Mayor Wallace,
Leaders and representatives of the Congress of the United States, the State of Texas and the City of Houston,
Consuls General,
Distinguished Guests.

Rs 70-lakh US grant for conservation of tombs in Hyderabad 2019-02-22

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster, visits Qutub Shahi ombs complex in Hyderabad  2019-02-21T
Source: 
newindianexpress.com

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster, who was in the city on Thursday, announced a grant of over Rs 70 lakh towards conservation of the 17th-century tombs of Taramati and Premamati, located within the Qutb Shahi tombs complex.

It is the second time that the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant, a US Department of State initiative, is being awarded to the Qutb Shahi tombs.

Renovation Of Chihil Sutun Palace Completed 2018-08-22

Chihil Sutun Palace – meaning Forty Columns in English
Source: 
tolonews.com

Work on renovation of Chihil Sutun Palace – meaning Forty Columns in English – a cultural heritage from the 19th century, has been completed. The palace was built by Abdur Rahman Khan who was Emir of Afghanistan from 1880 to 1901.

The palace, that includes a garden and a pavilion, is lying over 60 acres of land in Kabul’s Chihil Sutun area in PD7. It is expected to attract thousands of visitors from Kabul and other provinces of the country.

Tomb of Rahim Khan-i-Khanan to be restored

Tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
Source: 
www.ummid.com

New Delhi: 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 of the Navratnas and continued to serve Salim after his accession to the throne as Emperor Jahangir.

Govt plans to collaborate with AKTC to preserve heritage sites 2019-01-24

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik
Source: 
www.thesundaily.my

NEW DELHI: Malaysia plans to use the archaeological conservation expertise of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in efforts to preserve the country’s heritage sites, says Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.
Muhammad Bakhtiar said he was highly impressed with the work carried out by the organisation in Hyderabad and Delhi.
“We are looking at the model they are using to carry out the conservation work. Possibly, we will invite them over to help us revive our Unesco sites,” Bakhtiar told Bernama.

Min. of Antiquities cooperates with Agha Khan Foundation to restore monuments 2019-01-23

Minister of Antiquities meets with Luis Monreal of AKTC at the Ministry of Antiquities headquarters  2019-01-22
Source: 
egypttoday.com

CAIRO – 23 January 2019: Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani convened with the director of the Aga Khan Cultural Services Foundation in the Ministry of Antiquities' headquarters on Jan. 22 to discuss means of cooperation in the development of Cairo’s historical districts.

The meeting was attended by Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Technical Affairs Mustafa Amin, and Sherif Arian, CEO of Agha Khan Cultural Services Company - Egypt.

Hakims’ tombs regain glory-restoration work on Hakims' tombs being done by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) 2019-01-02

Workers giving final touches to the restoration work on Hakims’ tombs.— Photos: Mohd Azharuddin  2019-01-02
Source: 
telanganatoday.com

Hyderabad: A search for Hakims’ tombs in Google will take you to a monument in Pakistan! However, the little less known fact is that there are two such tombs in the heart of Hyderabad, located within the seven tombs complex.
The restoration work on Hakims’ tombs being done by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is nearing completion and is expected to be thrown open for visitors soon, said Ganesh Reddy, Manager Operations for AKTC.

Penang extends Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Think City collaboration

His Highness the Aga Khan being greeted by Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar in Kuala Lumpur./Gary Otte  2007-09-04
Source: 
malaymail.com

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 21 — The Penang government renewed its collaboration with Think City and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for another three years to complete key public realm improvement projects in the heritage zone.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the three partners agreed to the extension with the aim of completing the North Seafront conservation works at Fort Cornwallis and the establishment of a Maritime Museum in the Syed Alatas Mansion.

THE AGA KHAN VISITS THE RECENTLY RESTORED BALTIT FORT IN THE HIMALAYAS 1996-01-01

THE AGA KHAN VISITS THE RECENTLY RESTORED BALTIT FORT IN THE HIMALAYAS 1996-01-01

THE AGA KHAN VISITS THE RECENTLY RESTORED BALTIT FORT IN THE HIMALAYAS 1996-01-01

Mughal-era Arab ki Sarai gateway restored to its old glory in Delhi 2018-05-28

The gateway is 13 metres high with five arches. It also has chambers and a domed roof flanked by niches on both sides.(Sanchit K
Source: 
hindustantimes.com

According to Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) listing of ancient structures in Delhi, Arab Sarai was built in 1560 by Hamida Banu Begum, who was chief consort of Mughal emperor Humayan, to accommodate 300 Arabs she had brought back from Mecca.

The lofty eastern gateway of a walled enclosure built in the 17th century — which was originally a market built during Jahangir’s reign along side Arab ki Sarai, Nizamuddin East — has been restored to its old glory.

The restorer, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), began restoration work in January 2017.

Where few others dare to tread: the Aga Khan in Africa

His Highness The Aga Khan IV
Source: 
dw.com

Prince Karim will celebrate his diamond jubilee as the Aga Khan this July. From the beginning of his time as Imam, he has been quietly supporting humanitarian and environmental work throughout Africa.

"We can say with conviction that Africa's moment has come." With this the Aga Khan brought a 2016 keynote address to a culmination. While he commended the continent's resilience, economic progress and a widening acceptance of diversity, it was this one sentence that summed up his optimism about the continent.

Qutb Shahi tombs back to days of yore

Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been carrying out conservation and restoration works at the heritage park.
Source: 
telanganatoday.com

Hyderabad: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the State government and Tata Trust has completed conservation works on 25 monuments and landscape restoration over a 20 acres zone at Qutb Shahi Heritage Park.

The restoration initiative had master-craftsmen clocking 1,50,000 man-days of work to restore structural stability and grandeur of the monuments, a press release from Aga Khan Trust said.

Chowk Wazir Khan — the revival of a 17th century wonder

Chowk Wazir Khan in Lahore, Pakistan a 17th century wonder
Source: 
dailytimes.com.pk

You all must be familiar with the jewel of Lahore, the Wazir Khan Mosque, but have you ever noticed the beauty of its outer quad, the chowk?

Aleppo souq and Umayyad mosque reconstruction begins

UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.
Source: 
www.ansamed.info

PALERMO - While the war continues in Syria, with regime bombing on besieged Eastern Ghouta and clashes between the Turkish army and the Kurdish YPG in the north, reconstruction has begun in Aleppo. A group of Italian engineers and experts have been transferred to the Syrian city to work with locals and teach them the necessary skills to restore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.


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