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Refurbished Garden Tomb of Mah Laqa Bai at Moula Ali Inaugurated by US
U.S.Consul General Katherine Dhanani and other
dignitaries offering floral tributes
to the tomb of Maha Laq Bai. The tomb was renovated using the
Fund for Cultural Preservation.
The Center for Deccan Studies (CDS) and the U.S.
Consulate General Hyderabad celebrated the refurbishment of the garden
tomb of Mah Laqa Bai at Moula Ali, on March 6, 2011. The U.S. Government
funded the work through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.
The Muslim Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (MESCO) also
provided important support to the project.
Representatives from MESCO, CDS and Consul General Katherine Dhanani spoke
at the inauguration. Emory University Professor Dr. Scott Kugle who
researched the site and Mah Laqa Bai’s life, spoke about her role in
Hyderabad’s history. Instrumental music before and after the program added
to the festivities.
The Hyderabad-based restoration architects - Heritage Conservation
Initiative Consultants (HCIC) carried out the renovation work. The company
cleared the area of debris and restored the buildings and their exquisite
decorations. They rebuilt water channels and planted trees and bushes
appropriate to Mah Laqa Bai’s time.
“The Ambassadors Fund supports a wide range of projects to preserve
cultural heritage, such as the restoration of historic buildings. Today as
we laid flowers on Chanda’s tomb we honored a brilliant, creative and
knowledgeable woman. It is appropriate that we fete her during the month
of March, when we celebrate Women’s History Month, for Mah Laqa Bai
represents history’s women who have contributed significantly to their
society and culture but who have often been written out of history,”
Consul General Dhanani said.
Mah Laqa Bai is one of the most illustrious women of Hyderabad’s cultural
history. Also known as Chanda Bibi, she died in 1824 after leading an
exemplary life as the court dancer for the second and third Nizams. She
was the first woman to author a full collection of Urdu ghazals. She was
active in the religious and political life of Hyderabad during the city’s
golden age. An exhibit on site presents the story of Mah Laqa Bai’s life
and cultural legacy, through poetry, paintings, maps, architecture and
religious sites associated with her.
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