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Fatehpur Sikri: Akbar's Magnificent City on a Hill

Subhadra Sen Gupta (Author) Prakash Israni (Photography)

Four centuries ago, a magnificent king built his city of dreams on a hill. And then after a few years he walked away from it, never to return. The reason why Jalaluddin Akbar abandoned the city of Fatehpur Sikri remains a mystery.It is a city, of legends, frozen in time, of a grateful king's act of gratitude to a Sufi saint, and of a warrior who raised a giant gateway as an arrogant symbol of his power. The city saw the most gorgeous gatherings in Akbar's court-the poets Faizi and Abdur Rahim, the historian Abul Fazl, the singers Tansen and Baz Bahadur and courtiers like Man Singh, Birbal and Todar Mal. Few cities reflect the character of its builder like Fatehpur Sikri does; that of a hard headed imperialist who was also genuinely humane and tolerant and embarked on an unusual spiritual quest. To understand Jalaluddin Akbar you have to seek him in the red sandstone shadows of Fatehpur Sikri.

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About the authors

Subhadra Sen Gupta

Subhadra Sen Gupta is a well-known writer on Indian history and culture. Her books aim to capture the fascinating, vibrant and many hued aspects of the people, places and history of India. Her books include the popular Devalaya: Great Temples of India, Devi Devata: Gods & Goddesses of India, Tirtha: Holy Pilgrim Centres of the Hindus, Chaar Dhaam: A Guide to the Hindu Pilgrimages, Varanasi: A Pilgrimage to Light. And a collection of historical short stories, Waiting for Tansen.

Prakash Israni

Prakash Israni, a product of Sir J.J. Institute, is a well-known name in the photography world-covering Bollywood to advertising, travel photography to travel writing. His first picture was published way back in 1972 in a local catholic newsletter in Mumbai, and since then there has been no looking back.

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Title Fatehpur Sikri: Akbar's Magnificent City on a Hill
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.05.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 938152372X, 9789381523728
length 244p., Colour; Illustrations; Map; 24cm.