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Fatehpur Sikri and Its Monuments

R. Nath (Author)
Synopsis Entitled as it is, this work ventures to study, historically and stylistically, the monuments of Fatehpur Sikri (e.g. mosques, tombs, residential palaces, administrative mansions and offices, gateways, minar, garden, bazar, dam, baolis and hammams which except for a few, commissioned by Babur between 1527 and 1529 A.D., were built during the reign of Akbar, the Great, who ruled from 1556 to 1605. He was a rare genius, the like of whom appear only once in a millennium. Without disturbing the capital status of Agra, he shifted his residence and court to Fatehpur Sikri, situated some 40 kms west of Agra, just on the outskirts of Rajasthan, and resided there for nearly 13 years from 1572 to 1585. This was the most important phase of his life. His personality was at zenith during this period, when he was 30 to 43 years of age, and was staying at Fatehpur Sikri.
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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Title Fatehpur Sikri and Its Monuments
Author R. Nath
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185105286
length xvi+120p., Figures; Plates.