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JAN 2021 FUN, TWO WINTER OUTSTATION TRIPS!
See how winter makes our cOUNTRY’s numerous heritage, cultural and eccentric flavours into an even more attractive avaTAAR!!!
COVID19 UPDATE: GOVT. COVID NORMS ARE RAPIDLY CHANGING, and BASED ON CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT walks/trips ARE beING DONE.
COVID19 PHYSICAL DISTANCING NORMS APPLICABLE
On one such rocky ridge existed the small village of Sikri, where Babur’s thirsty army found a lake large enough to quench their thirst during their Rajputana campaigns and he aptly nicknamed it as ‘Shukri’ simply meaning ‘a place to thank’!
And a blessed place it was indeed, as home to the revered Sufi saint, Khwaja Salim Chisti, who made Sikri an important centre of Sufism in mid 16th C; and where many a Mughal emperor’s wishes were fulfilled; where Akbar deemed fit to build the first planned city built of the Mughals in India….and created his magnum opus in red sandstone!!!
1- History & culture lovers who wish to know about the foundational century of the grand Mughal empire.
2- Perfect for the young curious, albeit a bit tired minds of learners who spent 2020 cooped up inside their homes, nursing the headache of online classes!
3- Families looking for a quick getaway after months of Covid lockdown.
4- Architecture lovers.
5- Students studying Mughal History.
1- All standard Govt Covid restrictions are in place for this trip.
2- This is a self-drive trip.
3- We all must plan to leave Delhi in such a manner that we reach Fathepur Sikri complex parking, by 1130am max. We will be in touch over calls for driving help, landmarks etc and you can use either the Yamuna Expressway via Noida, or the old Mathura-Agra Highway to reach Sikri.
4- If you don’t have your car to ride, we can help you in arranging for a seat on a socially-distanced seating arrangement in a Car/Tempo Traveller, at an additional cost, based on nos of people requiring a ride.
Charges:* ₹1800/person, ₹900/child(9-13yrs), Children below 9yrs go free.
* One Indian Buffet Lunch meal is included
* All ASI Monument tickets are to be bought directly by each participant from ASI website.
Limited seats, so shoot out a mail to get all details: email@example.com
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Golden Era of Tawaifs of India!
24th JAN, 10AM ONWARDS
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She was the epitome of ‘adab’, the custodian of etiquette, poise, culture and music. She nurtured poetry, classical Kathak dance and norms of ‘protocol’, which were bold even by the standards of the Europeans who visited India during the 15/16th century!
Many of them were wealthy, extremely resourceful and polished; these women we are referring to, the “Tawaifs”(Courtesans) of medieval India had power, influence and agency and re-defined the Indian socio-political discourse in many ways that are unknown to most of us.
The word tawaif comes from “Tauf”, used for a band of musicians and the highly skilled women musicians, singers and dancers were given this name. And unlike what we may think today, the word ‘Tawaif’ didn’t exactly raise the hackles of society in that era.After all, despite patches of opposition, they had carved for themselves a privileged niche in a man’s world!
Privilege that would see these women become Queens, like Udham Bai, or a military commander like Farzana Bai or the more recent contemporary singing sensation, Gauhar Jaan.Join us as at a very well-hidden garden of Delhi, the ‘Qudsia Bagh’, this Sunday, in a setting which is large enough for a “Covid-era Physically Distanced” cultural heritage story-talk/walk as we unravel the fascinating stories of these remarkable and enigmatic women; hear their poetry, and the achievements and anecdotes of their lives, amidst the greens of a garden-palace built by a ‘Tawaif’ herself!
Relook at the reasons of the downfall of the community, triggered majorly by the prudish Englishmen, which all but destroyed the rich cultural legacy of the ‘Tawaifs’ by the mid-1800s as the ‘Tawaifs’ were relegated to the category of ‘Naachnewalis/Naachwalis’ (Common Dancing Girls) and the ‘Kothawalis’ (Prostitutes). Walk presentation will be done in a mix of English and Hindi/Urdu!!
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DATE & TIME: 10:00AM-12:30PM, Sunday, 24th JAN
MEETING POINT: Qudsia Bagh/Park , Nr. Kashmere Gate ISBT. (Exact details will be informed via mail after registration)
IMP NOTE: Parking nearby is an issue, so best is to avoid bringing your car.
ESSENTIALS TO REMEMBER/CARRY:
1- Delhi is reeling under plastic waste, let’s not pollute our city any further by buying Mineral Water Bottles, so request you to carry your own bottle of water.
2- Comfortable walking shoes. Not that we will stop any flip-flop wearers from joining us!
WALK FACILITATOR DETAILS:
The walk & storytelling talk session will be hosted by Mariyam, a young historian of our team of specialists, in DelhiByFoot Adventures. She believes that magic can be woven through words and good stories. Inspired from her mother, a professor of Urdu, whose oratory skills of storytelling, as a means of teaching, fascinated her from childhood, Maryam has over the last nearly 4 years been nurturing her own story-narration skills with TEAM DelhiByFoot. She believes that with a strong foundation of academic research backed by her MA (History Hons.) and her knack of telling stories, she does justice in preserving the age-old traditions of ‘oral history’. A true-blue Delhiite and a self-professed foodie, she often puts pen to paper to take her knowledge into the public domain through her blogs with DBF and other e-zines.