Iqbal Ahmad

Calligraphy a forgotten art

Calligraphy a forgotten art

In ancient times, when paper was not available to the literate class, they used to produce their writings in engraved form, on rocks, stones, coins etc. Later on when paper was invented, doors were left open for calligraphists to meet their needs and exhibit their artistic skill.  After centuries together, writing appeared on paper. Initially […]

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The early days of the vale!

The early days of the vale!

Much has been written and said about the pre-historic cultures of Kashmir and it is widely believed that man of that period had been living a nomadic style of life and used the natural caves as shelters. During the last few decades Archaeologists have discovered few ancient cave settlements. They have also found the tools […]

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Preserving the Reshi order Architecture

Preserving the Reshi order Architecture

The wooden shrines of Kashmir are basically associated with the tombs of Sufi and Reshi saints of this land; these are called as ‘Astana’ and have been raised over the graves of famous saints and sages. Most of these sites are found in rural and forest areas of the valley as these were the places […]

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The mysterious Pavements

The mysterious Pavements

Kashmir is a place of great fables, folklore and rich archeological history besides other things. There are marvelous architectural pieces and great historical monuments that have attracted world renowned historians, archeologists and other experts from centuries now. However amidst all this, there are few sites and few constructions that remain mysteries till date. These sites […]

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The tradition of emblematic constructions in Kashmir

The tradition of emblematic constructions in Kashmir

Lalitaditya Mukhtapida who ruled Kashmir from 699 AD to 736 AD is recorded to have brought glory and prosperity to his kingdom. He is known as a great builder and Kalhana attributes to him the foundation of several towns and buildings. The ruins of a monastery at Martand and remains of palaces and other monasteries […]

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The great travelogues have a mention of mine!

The great travelogues have a mention of mine!

Besides the physical evidences of the pristine glory and magnificence of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Kashmir valley, this place has historically made it to the rich treasure of travelogues composed by the most famous and historically significant travelers across the globe. These are the historical accounts   put forth by the various travelers […]

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Verinag: So tranquil, so soothing an ambience! 

Verinag: So tranquil, so soothing an ambience! 

A famous legend attributed to Mughal emperor ‘Jahangir’ is recorded in several chronicles having said that he (Jehangir) so wished that he be buried at Verinag. Verinag with its mighty trees, cold-water and murmuring streams nestled amidst serene pine-clad hills is situated in South Kashmir, nearly 74 Kms from Srinagar. It is considered to be […]

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Mughal art and architecture

Mughal art and architecture

So far as the Mughal period in Kashmir is concerned, most of the historians believe that the era has been significant in more than one way and the architecture as well as art flourished here. Mughal emperors not only promoted a composite culture in the region, but also restored the traditional arts and cultural of […]

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Preserving the cultural identity

Preserving the cultural identity

Kashmiries are a peace loving nation which has got a documented   history of about 6000 years. Archeologists and historians who carry out the study of Kashmir history and culture claim that people of Kashmir is an old nation which, according to them, has a well documented history of 6,000 years. In ancient times   it was […]

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Dranga the ancient watch station

Dranga the ancient watch station

 Drang is a small village situated at a distance of a mile and a half from North Kashmir’s town of Tangmarg- the gateway to the famous Gulmarg. Drang is the spot wherefrom the Ferozpora Nallah  flows into numerous villages. The latter part of the name preserves the memory of its ancient appellation Karkota-dranga. The term […]

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