Located in the eastern part of Delhi, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal.
The Mughal Emperor, Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. The mausoleum is a synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions-the former exemplified by the arched alcoves, corridors and the high double dome, and the latter by the kiosks, which give it a pyramidal outline from distance.
As a Conservation Architect, I have worked extensively with this building, and this has been one of my favourite examples of Mughal Architecture. There has been extensive conservation work that has been carried out on the tomb itself, and its environs, trying to return to its original glory. The colours of the building changes with the movement of the sun, and the red and white sandstone, often glimmers from a distance, appearing pink, blue and green variously at different times of the day.
The gardens have been restored to the original Mughal design with fruit trees and informal plantations. It is so peaceful that it is impossible to tell that this is located in one of the busiest parts of Delhi. The number of birds that can be seen in these gardens is certainly a delight for many bird-watchers.
This is my tribute to one of the grandest, and often ignored buildings in India, and I have used fluid lines rather than precise rigid lines, in keeping with the spirit of the place. I have also attempted to depict the changing colours of this building, and the view that emerges as you approach it from a distance. It is certainly a refuge in the simmering Indian summer.
The drawing is done in fine liners and watercolours on a heavyweight watercolour paper. It will be sent unframed in a securely packaged and reinforced envelope.
If you would like to add a mount, or even a gift card, please do let me know. I always wrap it in an attractive wrapping so that it is ready to be given as a gift.
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(c) Pragya Agarwal 2016
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