Haveli Nawab Mirza Dawud Khan

By on January 21, 2016

Nawab Mirza Dawud Khan was a minister in the court of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Dawud Khan resided in a haveli located in Churi Walan near Chawri Bazaar in…

Culture & Traditions

Music in the time of Muhammad Shah Rangila

By on January 15, 2016

Of the many hundreds of pen names that crowd the columns of Urdu poetry none is perhaps as apt or true as Rangila (Joyous), the moniker of the 14th…


Kala Mahal

By on January 6, 2016

Kala Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was allegedly used as his residence temporarily before the completion of the Red Fort. However, the same is said…

Sacred spaces

Mubarak Begum Masjid

By on January 3, 2016

As one starts walking down Lal Kuan, passing a police station and a row of shops selling nuts, bolts, fittings and electric wires, one will see a red sandstone…



By on November 25, 2015

The culture of mushaira held quite a significance in Old Delhi in the┬ápre-Independence era. In fact, mushaira were very┬ápopular during the reign of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah…

Culture & Traditions


By on November 22, 2015

Dastangoi is an art and tradition of storytelling that goes at least as far back as 9th century Iran. Heavily inspired by the verse epic Shahnamah, dastans eventually evolved…

More Places

Town Hall

By on November 9, 2015

In the laying out of the Faseel Bandh Shahr of Shah-e-Jahan Abad, Princess Jahanara ordered for the construction of a caravan serai for the comfort of Persian and Uzbek…


Mir Ashiq

By on November 6, 2015

Not much is known about Mir Ashiq except that he was a nobleman in the court of Akbar Shah II. The best recorded description of Mir Ashiq comes from…