As more and more restoration andredevelopment initiatives make inroads, some of these spaces are being converted to suit modern-day needs. For instance, the under-construction Humayun’s Tomb Interpretation Centre inside the Humayun’s Tomb complex in Delhi is being renovated. Being built like a baoli, the centre will house a museum when it’s completed by 2019 (the work started in 2015). Around 100 objects related to the early Mughal era and the pluralistic Sufi traditions will be displayed.
On 18 January, Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, said mutual cooperation between the Punjab government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) was expanding day by day with unprecedented steps for the restoration of historical places. The AKTC delegation, led by General Manager Luis Monreal, will provide technical assistance for the conservation, repair and maintenance of Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb. Luis Monreal said that support to the Punjab government regarding the restoration of historical places will continue and expressed the satisfaction that partnership with the provincial government has remained wonderful.
The British embassy in Afghanistan in collaboration with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has launched a $6.7m project called “ACCESS” to improve the delivery of services to Afghan citizens in the country. The project is expected to be implemented in at least six provinces of the country. The project will cover areas such as training, health, power supply, education and water supply. The initiative will help over a million Afghans in six provinces to benefit from the programme.
From 15 to 17 January, a three-day international workshop will be held at Lahore Fort (Pakistan) to highlight the conservation of the 1,450-feet long and 50-feet high Picture Wall – a famous expanse of decorative glazed tile and wall painting. A prototype preservation was carried over a 45-feet high and 30-feet wide panel on the western segment of the Picture Wall by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA). The AKTC and the WCLA are jointly holding this event, which will bring together national and international experts from various disciplines.
Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum launched late last year a cultural initiative in the Gulf and South Asia emphasising the region as an emerging hotbed for global art. Announced at Alserkal Avenue’s Concrete space in Dubai, Friends of the Aga Khan Museum in the Gulf and South Asia aims to build a regional network of individuals with a shared penchant for the diverse historic and contemporary art from the Islamic world.