• Saturday, December 09, 2023


Exhibition, talks in London on Delhi, Hyderbad’s cultural legacy

The exhibition entitled ‘Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green Renaissance’ will be held between November 18 and 25 at the Ismaili Centre in London.

A historical monument in Delhi, India. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE Indian high commission in the UK in collaboration with the Ismaili Centre and the Nehru Centre in London will jointly host an exhibition entitled ‘Delhi and Hyderabad: A Green Renaissance’ between November 18 and 25 at the Ismaili Centre in London featuring fascinating projects in India involving the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

The inaugural presentation of the event will take place on November 21 at the same venue. The Indian high commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami, and the president of the Ismaili Centre, Naushad Jivraj, will be honoured on the occasion.
The opening hours of the exhibition will be between 11 am and 6 pm local time every day except November 21 when it will be till 4 pm. No prior booking is required for the admission.

Talks will be held during the exhibition days on various topics related to the history and culture of Delhi and Hyderabad, two Indian cities with a rich heritage, and here are the details:

November 18: Delhi: Where Culture Coalesce by Dr Wafi Ahmed Momin. It will focus on how creativity has sprung from encounters across and within diverse traditions and denominations throughout Delhi’s history.

November 19: Hyderabad: Re-imagining a 16th Century Cosmopolis by Hussain Jasani. It will feature a voyage through Dakhni arts and architecture siting Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah’s founding of a garden city at a dynastic high point.

November 20: Culinary Pleasures of Hyderabad by Sujoy Gupta. This session will evoke a dream that recreates fragrances and flavours from delectable, aromatic dungar and baghar fare to Nizami palatial cuisine, and uncovering their secrets.

November 22: Art and Cultural Landscape Under and After Qutb Shahs by Ragasudha Vinjamuri. This talk will focus on evidence that performing arts, culture and literature of Telugus were actively patronised under and after Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. It will also give insights into the cultural expressions revived, practised and promoted.

November 23: Tombs, Parks and Poets: Changing Lives and Spaces by Prof Yudhisthir Raj Isar. This will feature exemplars from India and elsewhere on how cultural assets can rehabilitate cities and improve the quality of life.

November 24: Climate Change: Why Gender Matters by Prof Nitya Rao. This session will show from exemples in communities in India and elsewhere in South Asia, how women’s agency and local leadership can allow us better to adapt to climate change.

November 25: Empowerment in Action: The Women Transforming Communities in India by Ms Tinni Sawhney. This will be about inspirational illustrated narratives that demonstrate positive change in diverse domains.

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