By late 20th century, the magnificent tomb had fallen into a state of dilapidation. The masonry and stonework were broken and the gardens were run down. In 1997, research for restoration work was taken up by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Restoration began in 1999 and was completed in 2004, with the gardens fully restored as well.
Craftsmen from across India have restored the lost medallions on Hakim’s Tombs at Qutb Shahi Heritage Park in Hyderabad. Ratish Nanda, CEO of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), said craftsmen from all parts of the country were working on the restoration of Hakim’s tombs. So far, they have completed 25 per cent of the work. Overall, 80 monuments will be restored by 2023.
In an interview with journalist Bibek Bhattacharya, Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), talks about the newly restored Sunder Nursery in New Delhi and AKTC’s other projects around the world such as the Nizamuddin Basti, the Sunderwala Burj or the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo.
Conservation is not mathematics, says Ratish Nanda, the man behind the renewed Sunder Nursery, which aims to rival the Mughal Gardens. The park was opened to the public last month after a nearly decade-long restoration and redevelopment project. It sits next to Humayun’s Tomb, which, along with Nizamuddin Basti just across the road, forms the core of the 44-year-old Nanda’s work as chief executive of Aga Khan Trust for Culture in India.
His Highness the Aga Khan announced a global prize for music through the Aga Khan Music Awards, the first ceremony of which is scheduled to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 29 to 31 March 2019 and will be co-hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Lisbon Municipality. The awards will recognise creativity and enterprise in music across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence.