Aligarh: Prof Manvendra Kumar Pundhir, Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) delivered a prestigious, ‘Prof Radhey Shyam Memorial Lecture’ of the Uttar Pradesh History Congress (30th), Session 2019, on November 16.
He spoke on ‘Mughal Architecture: An Archaeological Study of Sub-Imperial Monuments at Agra’. The venue was Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Urdu Arbi-Farsi University, Lucknow.
Contributing to an emerging field of specialisation, medieval archaeology, Prof Pundhir demonstrated salient features of a large number of heritage monuments. These include Jahangiri Baradari, Shahjahani Burj, Dhakri Ka Mahal, Battis Khamba, Tomb of Salabat Khan, Jhun Jhun Katora, Lal Masjid, Tomb of Jafar Khan and some of the ruined structures near Sikandra.
Besides the pre-existing secondary works, the speaker has made extensive field-study. He has therefore been able to explore, collect and record the minute details pertaining to the monuments. Printed copies of the lecture, in a booklet form were also distributed among the participating delegates. The booklet contains photographs and plans of the monuments. It is hoped that this study will go a long way in cataloguing India’s enviable accomplishments in the field of civil engineering during the Mughal period.
Prof Pundhir is also the In-charge, Archaeology Section, Department of History, AMU.