A storytelling session with RV Smith
The event was held at Qudsia Bagh, a garden complex and palace that was built in 1748 for Qudsia Begum, a “dancing girl” who later became the wife of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah and mother of his successor Ahmad Shah Bahadur.
Located on the fringes of Old Delhi in typical Persian Charbagh style, the garden once housed a palace, waterfall, a mosque, a summer lodge and a beautiful flower and fruit garden. However, the structure was heavily damaged during the revolt of 1857. The only remains of the Bagh today are its western gateway, the Qudia mosque and a few structures in red sandstone.
The storytelling session saw participation from 30 people, mostly young heritage enthusiasts and students who were engrossed in legends, myths, and anecdotes narrated by Mr. Smith who has collected the tales by living in and walking in the streets of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) for years.
The eHeritage Project is an initiative of DEF and UNESCO India, and aims to give online presence to Indian heritage cities.