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Culture & Traditions

Music in the time of Muhammad Shah Rangila

By on January 15, 2016

Of the many hundreds of pen names that crowd the columns of Urdu poetry none is perhaps as apt or true as Rangila (Joyous), the moniker of the 14th…

Culture & Traditions


By on November 22, 2015

Dastangoi is an art and tradition of storytelling that goes at least as far back as 9th century Iran. Heavily inspired by the verse epic Shahnamah, dastans eventually evolved…

Culture & Traditions

Dilli ka Akhri Qabala Navees

By on October 29, 2015

Almost immediately after exiting the Chawri Bazaar Metro Station at the Hauz Qazi exit, right next to the Ashok Chaat corner, one can find Delhiā€™s aakhri qabala navees or…

Culture & Traditions


By on April 14, 2014

Kabootarbaazi was a hobby of the nawabs (an honorary title given by Mughal emperors to semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of princely states) of the Mughal times.

For a layman witnessing the…