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AKTC rejuvenated Nizamuddin Basti project wins two UNESCO heritage awards

Chausath Khamba conservation works in Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi, India. Pic courtesy AKTC

New Delhi, December 2

In double joy for India, a project on holistic urban revitalisation of the historic Nizamuddin Basti community in Delhi, has brought laurels for the country in two categories in this year's UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The project has won the prestigious Award of Excellence, and another award in the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development category, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said.

Stepwell in Qutb Shahi tombs complex restored by AKTC 2021-11-14

Lessons from the past: The restored stepwell inside the Qutb Shahi tombs complex in Hyderabad. Serish Nanisetti
Source: 
The Hindu

'Probably one of the earliest structures here; might pre-date the necropolis’

In the marvellous garden of a stucco work necropolis of the Qutb Shahi tombs, it is a deep stepwell of dressed granite. While curvy flowy lines and stucco decorations are the norm in the tombs complex, the stepwell is all about straight lines and minimalistic design. Recently restored to the way it appears in archival images from 19th century by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, the effort has been aided by US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Delhiwale: Meet the Nila Gumbad executed by AKTC 2021-10-19

The Nila Gumbad, or the blue dome, stands at the far-east of the Humayun tomb complex.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Source: 
Hindustan Times

It’s 24 karat gold—the kalash , or the finial, at the top of the Humayun’s Tomb. The gilded metal glistens in sunshine. Just some steps away is a much smaller tomb. Its dome is dotted with wild grass. But it too is as intense as its celebrity counterpart. The effect is caused by the dome’s enigmatic blue, which is neither shiny, nor pale. The shade appears fragile, and one fears it might wash out during the rains, or under the harsh sunshine.

Ministry Of Labour & Employment And Microsoft India Collaborate To Skill 10 Million Jobseekers Across India with AKRSP help

AKRSP(I) believes education is the backbone of society
Source: 
Digisaksham

New Delhi : Microsoft India today announced a partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to launch DigiSaksham – a collaborative digital skills training initiative to empower jobseekers in an increasingly tech driven economy. This joint initiative is an extension of the government’s ongoing engagement to upskill youth from rural and semi-urban areas.

Women's self-help group in Gujarat run bakery, started by collecting savings 4 years ago (with AKDN help) 2021-07-25

Jayshree Bhoye in the Apana Bakery (Photo/ANI)
Source: 
in.news.yahoo.com

Ahmedabad (Gujarat), July 25 (ANI): A self-help group of 10 women in the Nadgakhadi village in the tribal district of Dang runs a bakery which they started by collecting their savings four years ago.

The bakery named 'Apna bakery' sells Ragi based baked food. After four years of hard work, the group is known as 'Bakery Sisters'.

Speaking to ANI, Kalpana Gaikwad of Apna Bakery said, "When we started the bakery we use to make biscuits of flour, but the women working here suggested to start making food of Ragi."

Aga Khan Palace presented to India by His Highness The Aga Khan IV 1969-02-22

H.H. The Aga Khan met with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India

The Yeravada Palace has been handed over to the Indian Government on
Saturday, February 22, 1969 as a national memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in
presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Aga Khan Preschool named most nature-friendly preschool in Gujarat by Education World India 2021-04

The Aga Khan Preschool, Thorala, teaches children about being mindful of their environment through fun activities (photo taken p
Source: 
akdn.org

The Aga Khan Preschool in Thorala, in Rajkot, Gujarat, won two awards from EducationWorld India for being the most Nature-Friendly Preschool in the Gujarat State and the seventh most Nature-Friendly Preschool in India.

Qutub Shahi Tombs: 60 pc renovation work completed, a unique heritage park on card 2021-04-16

Project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings
Source: 
siasat.com The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: The 16th Century Qutub Shahi Tombs are one of the main tourist attraction in the city. A heritage park is being added as a new chapter to this attraction.

The unique heritage park is likely to come up on 106 acres of land with the joint efforts of Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

A project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings. The first phase of this grand program of repair and renovation has been completed in 2018 and now the last phase of this program is underway.

Qutub Shahi Tombs: 60 pc renovation work completed, a unique heritage park on card 2021-04-16

Quli Qutb Shah's Tomb

Hyderabad: The 16th Century Qutub Shahi Tombs are one of the main tourist attraction in the city. A heritage park is being added as a new chapter to this attraction.

The unique heritage park is likely to come up on 106 acres of land with the joint efforts of Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

A project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings. The first phase of this grand program of repair and renovation has been completed in 2018 and now the last phase of this program is underway.

Khushiyali Announcement made on occasion of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah's arrival in Mumbai 1907-12-27

Khushiyali Announcement of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah's arrival in Mumbai from Wilayat (Europe)1907-12-27

Khushiyali Announcement made on Savant 1964 month of Magsar Vadi Friday 7th 27-12-1907 announcing that Hazrat Mowlana Salamat Datar Sarkar Aga Sultan Muhammad Shah Datar had arrived in Mumbai from Wilayat (Europe) today by steamer. This announcement invited other Jamats to attend the Holy Deedar to be held in Mumbai

The glory of Qutub Shahi tombs being restored by AKTC

Quli Qutb Shah's Tomb
Source: 
siasat.com The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: A visitor to the historic Qutub Shahi Tombs will be mesmerized by its architectural beauty. The colourful enameled tiles were used in decorating the tombs.

Quli Qutub Shah bears intricate carvings. The enameled tiling of the tomb made it unique from the other tombs.

The Aga Khan Trust for culture CEO Ratish Nanda said, “Qutub Shahi Tombs are fine examples of Indo-Iranian architecture.”

Pune: Exhibition on freedom fighters inaugurated at Aga Khan Palace 2021-03-13

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav exhibition at Aga Khan Palace,
Source: 
The Indian Express

The historic Aga Khan Palace in Pune, where Mahatma Gandhi was detained following the launch of the Quit India Movement, is holding an exhibition to pay homage to freedom fighters and showcase their contribution to the fight for independence, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the celebration of 75 years of India’s independence.

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah with Mata Salamat at Calcutta Air[port 1952-02-25

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah with Mata Salamat arriving at Calcutta Airport  1952-02-25

L'Aga Khan III lors de sa descente d'avion, en fauteuil roulant, après avoir fait une crise cardiaque, et la Bégum Aga Khan, Om Habibeh, Yvette Labrousse, le 25 février 1952, à Calcutta, Inde. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Hazar Imam led Juma Namaz at Juma Masjid in Mumbai 1958-03-21

Hazar Imam at Juma Masjid in Mumbai. He led the Juma Namaz  1958-03-21

Mowlana Hazar Imam at Juma Masjid in Mumbai on Friday March 21 1958 where he recited Juma Namaz

H.S.H. The Prince with the Thana Council

Prince Aly Khan visits Yeravda Palace in Poona

Photo taken at Yeravda Palace, (Poona) of H.S.H. Prince Aly Khan, Beloved 'Vali Ahad' of Mowlana Hazar Imam with the members of the Ismailia Council of Thana. Mr. Kassamali Fatehali, president of the Council is seated on the right of the Prince

Prince Aly Khan at Ismaili Youth Sports 1944-02-10

H.S.H. Prince Aly Khan watching Ismaili Youth Sports with Chairman Gulamali G. Merchant
Source: 
ISMAILI publication Bombay Sunday 12 March 1944

Under the auspices of Young Ismailis Brotherhood, various sports were arranged by Young Ismailis Youth Sports at the Cooperage in the immediate presence of H.S.H. Prince Aly Khan on 10th February 1944. The beloved Valiahad is seen watching the various sports with Chairman Gulamali G. Merchant B.A., LL.B

Imam Aga Sultan Muhammad Shah gave Holy Deedar to Ismailis from India, Burma and Ceylon 1940-03-09

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah addressing Ismailis at Aga Hall  1940-03-09

The Ismailis, followers of Mowlana Hazar Imam H.H. The Aga Khan residing in India, Burma and Ceylon as well as in Persian Gulf, Muscat and Central Asia celebrated the joint birthdays of His Highness, H.S.H. Prince Aly Khan and beloved Prince Sadruddin with great rejoicings and festivities on the 9th March 1940.

The picture shows Mowlana Hazar Imam offering His paternal blessings to the congregation that had assembled at Aga Hall

Rahim’s tomb: Delhi’s monument of love gets new lease of life after six-year conservation 2020-12-17

A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near N
Source: 
hindustantimes.com

Rahim’s tomb, Delhi’s own monument of love built nearly 50 years before the iconic Taj Mahal, which stood in a ruinous condition with a “risk of collapse” has finally received a new lease of life after six-year-long “monumental conservation” work.

A multi-disciplinary team of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and support of a corporate conglomerate, worked extensively on the project which married traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at C.C.I. Reception in Bombay 1967--11-23

His Highness The Aga Khan IV
Source: 
Ismaili - Salgreh Special Number 13th December, 1967

Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan IV
C.C.I. , Bombay
23rd November, 1967

Mr. Sheriff, Honourable Chief Justice, Committee of Hosts, Ladies and Gentlemen
In the last ten years, it has been My good fortune to visit Bombay five times, and you, Mr. Sheriff, did Me the great honour of offering a similar reception to Me during My last visit in 1962. I thank you and the committee of hosts for your kindness. Your good wishes for the numerous garlands and for the most magnificent casket which I have been offered.

Speech by Hazar Imam at Kamla Nehru Park, Bombay 1967-11-25

H.H. The Aga Khan IV
Source: 
Ismaili - Salgreh Special Number 13 December 1967

Speech by Mowlana Hazar Imam
Civic Reception at Kamla Nehru Park, Bombay
25th November, 1967
Your Lordship, Municipal Councillors, Citizens of Bombay

You have been very gracious in offering this reception in My honour and I am most sincerely grateful for your kind hospitality and for the warm words which you have said to Me in your address. Perhaps the fact that I have visited this great metropolis five times in the last ten years does not convey possibly enough the very special significance which Bombay has always had for Me.


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