Tuesday 26 September 2017

Experience the aura of Imperial India

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A celebration of "one of the richest and finest periods of artistic creativity the world has ever known" is one of the visual treats on offer this summer -- and it's free.

Images of Sufis, saints and princes in the finest silks and jewels feature in Muraqqa: Imperial Mughal Albums, an exhibition of paintings depicting the power and wealth of the days of the great Indian Mughal empire, at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.

The library's collection is back after a highly acclaimed tour of America, including an inaugural showing at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and includes more than 100 works, most of which are from six albums compiled in India between about 1600 and 1658 for the Mughal emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan.

Shah Jahan is best known as the commissioner of the Taj Mahal, built as a tomb for his beloved wife who died in childbirth.

The exhibition was formally opened yesterday by junior culture minister, Dr Martin Mansergh, at a gala event attended by the India's minister for corporate affairs, Salman Khurshid, and its ambassador to Ireland, PS Raghavan.

Admission to the exhibition, which runs to October 3, is free. A corresponding programme of events includes tours and lectures, Indian dance and music, a cooking demonstration and a week-long summer club for children. For further information see www.cbl.ie

Irish Independent

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