‘The World of Khusrau’ exhibition begins at National Museum, New Delhi




By TCN News,

New Delhi: The rich and diverse range of Amir Khusrau’s work in culture, science and art provides an understanding of the art and culture of the 13th -14th century era of Amir Khusrau Dehlvi is on display as a part of “The World of Khusrau” exhibition that opened today in New Delhi

The Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch today inaugurated an exhibition entitled The World of Khusrau. The exhibition includes 22 art objects - 7 manuscripts: Qiran us Saidan, Ijaz e Khusravi, Hasht Bihist, Shirin Khusrau ) , 2 miniature paintings ( Nizamuddin Auliya and Rag Basant) 6 musical instruments ( ud, rabab, dholak, duff, shahnai), 7 decorative art objects (astrolobe, abkora( bowl), alms bowl, shatranj and dice from the collection of National Museum, New Delhi.



Union Minister for Culture, Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch lighting the lamp to inaugurate an exhibition ‘The World of Khusrau’, in New Delhi on February 22, 2013.

The exhibition elaborates the foundation of a vital chord of Indian heritage, history, and culture which has produced an amazing range of works of art from architecture to music thus putting the multi-faceted contributions of Amir Khusrau in contemporary context with a diverse array of related objects and visuals from the collection of National Museum and contemporary sources.

Amir Khusrau, one of the greatest poets of this region, lived in the period which saw an amazing influx of scholars, poets, artisans, Sufis, travellers, and merchants from Persianate Central Asia. He saw the merging of two great civilizations and wove them so beautifully in his literary works. He served as a court poet to several nobles and Sultans of Delhi Sultanates between 13th and 14th centuries: recording their battles and guiding their political campaigns; praising them eloquently in metaphors and analogies of Persian literature adapted within Indian imageries; creating governance norms and ethics; making discourses and innovations in science and music; writing epic historical and love poems; and, as a devout of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the revered 13/14th century Chishti Sufi of Delhi, he gave to us the vibrant artistic traditions of Sufiana music and poetry – which continue till today in many oral traditions ranging from the classical to the folk.

Amir Khusrau Dehlvi saw the merging of two great civilizations and wove them so beautifully in his literary works that they even surpassed the masters from Persia and Central Asia.



Union Minister for Culture, Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch going round an exhibition ‘The World of Khusrau’, in New Delhi on February 22, 2013.

The World of Amir Khusrau exhibition is conceived in conjunction with the Jashn-e-Khusrau – a festival of music concerts, films, lectures, exhibitions, heritage walks, and poem recitals – celebrating the many legends, attributions, contributions and his beloved place (city of Dehli) of the 13th century historian, poet, mystic, and musician – Amir Khusrau.

During the exhibition Masnavi recital by Ustad Jameel Ahmad will also be organized on Friday 8th March at 6.30 pm at the National Museum Auditorium.

The exhibition has been curated from the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will remain open to the public till 24 March 2013 from 10 am till 5 pm (except Mondays).

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