With indoor venues such as malls, cinema halls and restaurants losing their usual allure due to the possibility of transmissions, Sunder Nursery has been a breath of fresh air for Delhi residents. It reopened in 2018 after a decade of conservation by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Mr Ratish Nanda, AKTC India CEO, said conservation included restoring a lotus pond and reviving green spaces by planting grass and different varieties of trees. There are also 20 Mughal-era structures, out of which six monuments are classified as part of the Humayun Tomb complex. A 17th-century Mughal water tank was found during a ground-penetrating radar survey. Half a dozen wells were dredged and are now part of the nursery's water supply.
The soaring dome of the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan abutting the favoured residential enclave of Nizamuddin East in Delhi now has partial covering of white marble. The neck below the dome, however, is entirely covered in an exquisite pattern of marble and red sandstone. Ratish Nanda, CEO of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) India, said during the restoration, he had serious concerns about the plan to restore the monument to its former glory. Work on restoring the mosques, mausoleums and madrassas began in earnest only in the 1970s, and AKTC had a major hand in that project too.
A massive LEGO sculpture of a futuristic reimagining of an ancient West African trade hub has joined the Aga Khan Museum’s permanent collection. Made from about 100,000 black LEGO pieces, Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE, a 30 square feet sculpture, is part of Ghanaian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako’s Museum-commissioned series "Building Black: Civilizations." The artist stated: "The Aga Khan Museum provided me with the resources and platform to explore my artistic craft and Ghanaian history while making it possible to share my insights and ideas with a vibrant and curious community."
The Aga Khan Health Services, Pakistan (AKHS, P) is making strenuous efforts to provide health facilities to the people in the far-off and backward areas of Chitral district. AKHS, P CEO, Nadeem Hussain Abbas, said that AKHS, P was making basic health facilities available to the poor in the remote areas despite financial constraints. He added that steps would be taken to establish a modern laboratory and provision of the ultrasound machine and other equipment to the Madaklasht Health Centre.
Situated on about 90 acres, Sunder Nursery is slowly becoming a household name among nature lovers of Delhi. The nursery was renovated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and opened to the public in 2018. Since then, it has slowly become a popular destination for Delhiites who enjoy a walk among nature.