Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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Nether Malhar

A grassy mound at Fatehpur Sikri yields a new palace. Is it Tansen's abode that was lost in the abyss of time?

Nether Malhar
Nether Malhar Narendra Bisht

A gardener's shovel has helped unearth a hidden piece of the past at Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal emperor Akbar's magnificent capital near Agra—now a World Heritage site.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stumbled upon the buried remnants of a palace in the sprawling 16th-century complex that may have been the home of legendary musician Tansen, one of the 'nine jewels' of Akbar's court. "The style of construction confirms that this place must have been owned by an important person in Akbar's court," Dr D. Dayalan, superintending archaeologist, ASI (Agra circle), told Outlook.

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