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InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate on conservation of Sufi poet Abdul Rahim Khan I Khanan's Tomb.India's heritage lives through its rich architecture, culture and crafts ? but these are fading with time. Foundation InterGlobe Foundation, the philanthropic arm of InterGlobe and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) announced their collaboration to conserve and restore Abdul Rahim Khan I Khanan's tomb, a monument owned and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. This is one of the few conservation initiatives that will be undertaken in collaboration with a corporate at any of India's nationally protected monuments. The tomb sits prominently along the Mathura Road, formerly the Mughul Grand Trunk Road, and is in close proximity to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizammudin Auliya in South Delhi.Foundation Popularly known as Rahim and immortalized through his dohas's or couplets, Rahim was amongst the most important ministers in Akbar's court. He was one of the Navratnas and continued to serve Salim after his accession to the throne as Emperor Jahangir. Besides being a strong administrator and military commander, Rahim was a great scholar and poet. He wrote verses in Turkish, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian, translated the Baburnama in Persian and authored several prose works, including two books on astrology. The mausoleum was built by Rahim for his wife, making this the first ever Mughal tomb built for a woman. Rahim was buried here in AD 1627.Foundation The project, spread over three years, under the guidance and control of the Archaeological Survey of India, is proposed to include not only the conservation of the monument but also a compilation of Rahim's literary works. It will also enhance an understanding of the tomb structure and its setting thus allowing scholars to interpret its influence on the construction of the Taj Mahal as well as justify its inclusion within the extended Humayun's Tomb World Heritage Site. An important part of the project will be the craft-based approach ensuring a revival of craft skills and creating employment for craftsmen. Stone carvers, masons, plasterers, will work together to halt the deterioration process and ensure long-term preservation. FoundationIt is expected that atleast 250,000 man days of work ? directly and indirectly ? will be required to complete this assignment. The conservation works will be part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal initiative undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India and other government agencies. All conservation works will be undertaken very carefully by matching the original material/ details in terms of form, colour and specification preferably through the use of the same material and employing traditional skills as used in the original structure. All such works will be carefully recorded and documented. Elements of the project will also include employee volunteering opportunities which will give our people an opportunity to develop their creative skills and extend themselves beyond their familiar realm of work. InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate on conservation of Sufi poet Abdul Rahim Khan I Khan

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