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Khusrau festival to come alive at Nizamuddin

HT Correspondentq, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 11, 2013
First Published: 23:41 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(11/2/2013)

Come February 15, it will be time to be at Nizamuddin if you want to drown yourself in Sufiana ambience inter-twined with the legacy of Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlavi, the renowned 13th century Sufi poet, a favourite disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

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Part of the annual Jashn-e-Khusrau, there would be performances at the Chausanth Khamba at Nizamuddin basti, India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road and CPWD's Sundar Nursery (near Humayun's Tomb). The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will host the festival with the support of the Ford Foundation.

"During the festival, the National Museum and National Archives will also hold a special exhibition focussing on Amir Khusrau. Doordarshan's Bharati channel will telecast programmes live and archieval recordings related to the legacy of Khusrau," said Ratish Nanda, AKTC project director.

AKTC is undertaking a major Urban Renewal Project in Nizamuddin area along with conservation of the World Heritage Site of Humayun's Tomb. The project links conservation of the built heritage with programmes to improve the quality of life for the local community.  Chandresh Kumari Katoch, minister for culture, will inaugurate the festival on February 15 evening at the India Habitat Centre. It would include also include film screenings.


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