Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay)
Friday , September 05, 2003
Express News Service

Humayun’s Tomb: Complete in book

New Delhi, September 4: It’s the season of publicity for Humayun’s Tomb this year. After the much publicised inauguration of the Garden Tomb by His Excellency the Aga Khan, a few months back, the Tomb now has a coffee-table documentation of its history, architectural splendour and aesthetics.

The Garden Tomb of Humayun has been written by Neeru Misra, while the photographs have been rendered by her son Tanay.

Misra, said: ‘‘A few years back I started going for the heritage walks organised by the School of Planning and Architecture, India Habitat Centre and INTACH.’’ She added: ‘‘These walks offered newer perspectives to offer on the Tomb.’’

For two years after this, Misra and Tanay researched on the Tomb and took photographs.

Misra said: ‘‘Reading the book is like walking down to the garden Tomb. It has numerous photographs and the reproductions and line drawings bring alive Akbar’s homage to his father. The book is the first comprehensive survey of the evolution of the Garden Tomb and its features.’’

The book begins with an introduction detailing readers about the advent of the Mughals coupled with a brief background on Humayun. The book then gives details on the Tomb, the buildings in the precincts and adjacent monuments. It also has a section on the gardens and the restoration work undertaken at the Tomb.