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Fatehpur Sikri
Akbar's Vision in Stone
The city of Fatehpur Sikri was created by Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal Emperors, in 1571. It remained his capital for only 14 years but it is here that he laid the foundations of a culture whose impact still reverberates in North India. Akbar's free thinking, open minded and innovative attitude is expressed in the way the main mosque - the Jama Masjid - has been built, in the way simple village hut roofs and Central Asian glazed tiles have been combined to create innovative roofscapes, and in the very original composition of the palace complex, based on a delicate system of a series of balancing axes. At the same time the quality of the craftsmanship, as seen in the very original brackets, the intricate jalis or stone screens, the chajjas or sunshades, clearly show a strong sense of discipline.

Exquisite miniature paintings from the Akbar Nama, the book on Akbar's reign, illustrated by the painters of the imperial atelier and written by his friend, the poet Abu'l Fazl, have been used in the film in order to evoke the imperial court and the events linked to the creation of Fatehpur Sikri. Asad Ali Khan on the Rudra Veena and Dhrupad by Wasif-ud-din Dagar accompany the images.
UNESCO film festival on art , Paris, 1999.

31 minutes



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