SEARCHING FOR MIMARS OF THE MUGHAL PERIOD;
SHUKR ULLAH MIMAR AND AURANGZEB ALAMGEER.
Literally thousands of buildings were created under the Mughal rule in the region and even with painstaking research, in my view there is no possibility of uncovering even twenty names of that period. Strange it is, the enigma lies somewhere? It is our attempt to list all the names revealed in this period, with fresh information wherever possible.
In a letter to one of his sons, Aurangzeb Alamgeer instructs the Prince to go to the mausoleum of his mother Rabia Durrani in Aurangabad (made by Attaullah Rushdi son of Ahmad Mimar), and get repaired the grave of his sister, which lies near the mosque of the mausoleum. In this respect he should get help of Shukrullah Mimar in repair and restoration of the grave. Small work but a new unknown name appears in Mughal history.
Nothing else is known about Shukrullah. We came across a Qaseeda written in honour of the Prophet (PBUH) in a beautiful direct handwriting, inspired by the immortal Qaseeda Burda. It is dated 1093 AH, and it is in Arabic, and Shukrullah writes his takhallus as SEEAM, which means an expert of arrows. This does not show whether he made arrows or was a professional in its use. Selection of the title means he was attached to the Army of Aurangzeb Alamgeer. Most of these architects were professionals in many ways, but were experts in poetry, as well as language. Literary people in all ways. History records their many talents.