Hyderabad: The United States ambassador to India, Mr Kenneth I. Juster, has donated Rs 70 lakh for the preservation of tombs of Taramati and Preamati in the Qutub Shahi Tombs Complex.
The money is from the US Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).
Taramati and Prema-mati were court dancers during the Qutub Shahi regime. Their tombs are right next to each other in the QST complex in Hyderabad.
The funds will be released to Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is carrying out restoration work in the complex.
The primary aim is to restore the tombs and carry out repairs in structural deficiencies. Cement layers on the walls have to be remo-ved, structural repairs have to be carried out to the foundation and stone plinths. “After that, lime plaster has to be applied by master craftsmen to restore it to its original glory,” said Aga Khan Trust for Culture CEO Mr Ratish Nanda.
This is the second time, AFCP’s fund is being utilised in the QST complex....