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Emperor Muhammad Shah smoking hukkah with courtiers


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Music in the time of Muhammad Shah Rangila

By on January 15th, 2016

Of the many hundreds of pen names that crowd the columns of Urdu poetry none is perhaps as apt or true as Rangila (Joyous), the moniker of the 14th…

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Dastangoi

By on November 22nd, 2015

Dastangoi is an art and tradition of storytelling that goes at least as far back as 9th century Iran. Heavily inspired by the verse epic Shahnamah, dastans eventually evolved…

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Dilli ka Akhri Qabala Navees

By on October 29th, 2015

Almost immediately after exiting the Chawri Bazaar Metro Station at the Hauz Qazi exit, right next to the Ashok Chaat corner, one can find Delhiā€™s aakhri qabala navees or…

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Kabootarbaazi

By on April 14th, 2014

Kabootarbaazi was a hobby of the nawabs (an honorary title given by Mughal emperors to semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of princely states) of the Mughal times.

For a layman witnessing the…