The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) will host an exhibition entitled “Facets of Indo-Islamic Architecture” by Dr Mohamed El Deeb from 11- 24 December 2013 at its premises. The exhibition will include a selection of photographs from a variety of different Islamic monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and the Charminar in Hyderabad. The Ambassador of India, Mr. Navdeep Suri will inaugurate the exhibition on11 December 2013 at 6pm.
Indo-Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of styles from various backgrounds that helped shape the architecture in the Indian subcontinent upon the advent of Islam in the 7th century. The Mughal Empire, an empire that ruled India from 1526 to 1764 left a mark on Indian architecture that was a mix of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and native Indian architecture. A major aspect of Mughal architecture is the symmetrical nature of buildings and courtyards. The most important symbol of Indo-Islamic architecture in India is the tomb or the mausoleum, which evolved from the basic cube and hemisphere of the early phase into a more detailed form during the Mughal period. The tomb chamber houses the cenotaph below, which is the grave. The most famous example of a tomb in India is the Taj Mahal.
Dr Mohamed El Deeb is an orthopedic surgeon and passionate photographer, with numerous exhibitions to his credit. He is the General Secretary of the Egyptian Salon of Photography and member of various Societies of Photography, including the Royal British Society and the Saudi Photography Society. He has held exhibitions at various cultural centres in Egypt as well as abroad, including Switzerland, London and Vienna.
The exhibition will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 7.30pm until 24 December 2013.