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Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan: Celebrating Rahim
Published by Mapin Publishing Pvt.Ltd
Abdur Rahim Khan-i- Khanan (1556-1627) was referred to in Mughal records as the `noble of nobles', and was praised in the verses of his contemporaries as a patron of legendary generosity and erudition. An unmatched soldier and statesman, Rahim served Akbar and Jahangir, and commanded Shah Jahan's imperial army on the battle field.
A poet of rare skill, Abdur Rahim Khan-i- Khanan wrote poems in Persian, Sanskrit and Hindavi, with metaphors ranging from Giridhar to Ganga, and with humanist ideals expounded in precise and concise matras of dohas and barvais. This book catalogues the festival of the same name, to capture the manifold attributes and genius of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan. Both the festival and the book were borne of the conservation work undertaken on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan's tomb to protect and promote his legacy, a key objective of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative, with support from InterGlobe Foundation. This volume also includes a remarkable selection of his verses, set to music with ragas and vernacular symphonies based on his poetry and his life.
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