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Restoration of 150-year-old Paigah Tombs begins

The 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 in Hyderabad. Looking at the impressive work being carried out by the AKTC at Qutb Shahi Tombs, the Telangana State Department of Archeology and Museums requested AKTC to help out in restoring the world famous necropolis. AKTC has mapped out the work at Paigah Tombs and began working on the landscape of the tombs so that the people who visit it would have a place to rest and enjoy the atmosphere.



Aga Khan Museum opens "Seeing Through Babel" exhibition in London

Speech Date: 
Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 6:45pm

“We are a Museum that is present here in London, also Dubai, also in the States, also across Canada”, said Henry S. Kim “And this is a very important point about what the Museum is all about, because we cannot simply talk about Islamic art just in one city, we need to be able to spread this message across all the cities we can.”

Aga Khan Museum opens “Seeing Through Babel” exhibition in London

Speech Date: 
Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 5:45pm

“it is my hope that the Aga Khan Museum will be able to mount interesting temporary exhibitions with the V&A, and the other major British institutions having important places of works of art from, or related to, the Muslim world. Thus reinforcing, which I think is important, the message that culture unites rather than divides.”

Nizamuddin’s stories of change

In India, the 700-year-old Nizamuddin basti has changed since all the renovations works. It is no longer a "ghetto", thanks in large part to the change brought by the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The women of the basti have become important stakeholders in this change. 50 women have been trained and survey the neighbourhood regularly, creating awareness about hygiene, the importance of antenatal checkups and immunisation. Insha-e-Noor and Zaika-e-Nizamuddin are women enterprises which have roots in the Quality of Life Survey carried out by the AKTC in 2008. The AKTC conducted the initial training, with six-month to year-long courses in tailoring and machine embroidery, and the women received certificates from Jan Shikshan Sansthan, a government agency. From being the most vulnerable group in the basti, the women of the basti are on their way to becoming among the most empowered.

Architectures in Indonesia: a micro-library and a residence

Two works have been selected in Indonesia for the 2019 edition of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, to compete for the $ 1 million prize that will be awarded to the winner: the Taman Bima Microlibrary in Bandung designed by Shau Architects, an interesting project that aims to support literacy, and the home of an architect, the AM Residence designed by Andramatin Architect and built in Jakarta, inspired by traditional Indonesian architecture.

Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad addresses divisions in humanity by recreating Babel

Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad will create a six-metre hanging sculpture live in situ as part of his upcoming exhibition, Seeing Through Babel. The artist launches his solo exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, South Kensington, this summer. For this exhibition – running from 1 July until 15 August, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto – Mourad explores the story of Babel, using visual imagery as a means to connect people across the language divide.

Celebrating World Music Day 2019

The acoustically vibrant concert halls of Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation provided an exuberant setting for the inaugural celebration of the Aga Khan Music Awards, which took place 29-31 March 2019 in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan and His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, who joined musicians and music lovers from around the world.