baat karni mujhe mushkil..

A beautiful ghazal by the last Mughal emperor of India Bahadur Shah Zafar .. covered by sis and me 🙂 Also, we’ve tried producing this totally on iOS Garageband..and have included the chords in the video. Hope you’ll  like it 🙂

Lagta nahiin hai dil mera (Zafar)

Lagta nahiin hai dil mera ..  Zafar’s famous poem.. performed by Arunima 🙂

Remembering ZAFAR – a poetic and musical presentation

Remembering ZAFAR – a poetic and musical presentation.. newest from our heritage-video series 🙂

Also, this happens to be my talented sis Arunima‘s first independent heritage-video.. Hope you’ll like it! 🙂

Metcalfe’s Folly and Dilkush – Mehrauli Archaeological Park (Episode 4)

In this new episode of our Heritage Walk series to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park (New Delhi, India) we take you back to the 19th Century India. Standing beneath this very British looking Folly, today known as Metcalfe’s Folly (near the Jamali-Kamali mosque), we discuss about the times of the helpless Mughal court of Bahadur Shah Zafar and the British ambassador/resident at the Mughal court – Thomas Metcalfe. We also discuss about how he got this piece of land re-landscaped as his pleasure-palace or a weekend-retreat perhaps! Metcalfe fondly named this place as Dilkush (or Dilkusha).

Check this video out to know more 🙂

Celebrating GHALIB – Episode 1

Celebrating GHALIB (Episode 1) – Let us take you to the place where the great poet Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan “Ghalib” once lived!

In this episode we go through the lanes of Purani Dilli (Old Delhi/Delhi 6), visit an old haveli that treasures several gems associated to the era of Ghalib and we also witness a quick tabla workshop ..to discuss how the people of Ghalib’s times used to wake up to the sound of tabla beats in the morning 🙂 We then also chitchat about small anecdotes, stories and poetry – everything Ghalib!

Shahjahanabad ki pechida dalilon si galiyaan, ek puraani haveli, tablay ki thaap pe jaagte kuchh dost.. aur Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan Ghalib ka zikr! Kuchh aisa hee nazara hai iss chhoti si peshkash mein:

On Zafar’s Birthday!

On Zafar’s birthday today, let’s explore ZAFAR MAHAL ! And also a quick look at the story behind Bahadur Shah Zafar’s “empty grave” that lies within the Zafar Mahal complex! Happy Exploring!

Zafar Mahal

A ruined summer PALACE, a fading SULTANATE, the IRONY of the famous POET emperor and a VACANT GRAVE.. all this and much more of what is known as ZAFAR MAHAL in this quick video. Happy Exploring!