Learn Urdu poetry in a wooden palace this Sunday
Hyderabad: A Hyderabadi is always in love with the wine storehouse, the biryani and the culture of the city. The 650 square kilometer city, founded in the year 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, contains within it many historic structures to discover.
A few structures that have been discovered are preserved, a few have not yet received any attention. One of these historic structures in the city is the Raja Bhagwandas Garden Pavilion located in Karwan, the only surviving palace in the city to be made entirely of wood.
The Deccan Archives alongside the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Riasath Ali Asrar, a young and profound Urdu poet, offer you the opportunity to learn the nuances of Urdu in the midst of the historic structure that overflows with the architectural beauty of the Qutub Shahi era.
The Urdu Poetry Workshop was held at the Raja Bhagwandas Garden Pavilion on December 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., under the police station of Ali Asrar. The workshop will cover the birth and evolution of the Urdu language and cover various structures, genres and forms of Urdu poetry including Ghazal, Nazm and others. You could register for the workshop via Deccan Archives website.
Historical Significance of the Raja Bhagwandas Garden Pavilion
The structure built in the 1800s today is in need of restoration. It had been reported to MAUD’s Special Chief Secretary Arvind Kumar in January and was listed as a heritage site under HMDA Regulation 13. The historic site, private property, cannot be sold or demolished by its owners. Restoration work must take place after site assessment and authorization from the palace owners.
The historic two-story structure is the only surviving example of a genre of architecture. The pavilion resembles Tipu Sultan’s palace with open arches and jharokhas (balconies), overlooking the arched verandas.
The palace, which was once located in the middle of a 26-acre garden, would be built as a women’s quarters for one of the queens Qutb Shahi.
The Bhagwandas were part of the merchant communities that resided in Golconda and Hyderabad since the Qutb Shahi dynasty.
The pavilion was purchased by the ancestors of a well-known inhabitant of Hyderabad who owns the property to this day.