THE CLEAREST NAME OF A MIMAR IN MUGHAL ARCHITECTURE;
USTAD KHUDA QULI MIMAR OF TOMB OF ATGAH KHAN IN DELHI.
Thousands of architectural wonders made by Mughals in our region, and the most wonderful achievement, that these architects came from all around and far off regions. Obviously Central Asian was the dominant area, but others came from other areas. We even have African architects here. But the clearest name of an architect is that of Ustad Khuda Quli, obviously from Bokhara, as the calligrapher of the same monument is Baqi Muhammed Bokhari too. Contrary to other practice, both names are on the front of the monument itself, in beautiful calligraphy.
Atgah Khan was son of the wet nurse of Prince Akbar, and so Shamsuddin Khan Ghaznavi was foster brother of the Prince. Others got jealous of him and he was murdered by Adham Khan. Akbar got so irrirated he abused him many times even in Punjabi by calling him a four-letter word. Then had him thrown from the fort. His legs broke but he survived the first fall. Akbar had him thrown again till his death. Strange that it is on record hat Akbar even knew Punjabi abuses. As a polite gesture we refrain from same.
Atgah Khan remembered, and the ruin being faced by the monument, is saved by the Agha Khan programme, who are now restoring the monument as partnership with Archaeological Survey of India.
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Insightful as always
Mimars from all over the world towards Mughal domain.