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Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire Exhibition

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Life in Mughal India

The Mughal Empire was a vast Imperial power in India between the 16th and 19th century. As well as being strong and ruthless warriors - hey, they were descendants of Genghis Khan - they had impressive artistic skills, which can be seen in impressive architecture such as the Taj Mahal.

Up until the the 2nd April, you will be able to immerse yourself in this rich culture that spanned most of the South Asian continent. The British Library is holding an exhibition on Mughal India, documenting that period with more than 200 artefacts on show.

You will discover the lavish courtly lives of the emperors, learn about their politics, and be able to admire beautiful works of art.

Entry to the exhibition is between 3.50-10, and will be accompanied by several free and paid for events:

15th February, 6.45pm-8pm

Reader's Research: Indians and Britain

Kate Smith explains how trade with Asia impacted our materialistic culture. Tickets are 4.

19th-21st February, 11am & 3pm

Half Term Family Workshop

An hour and a half workshop will be coordinated by Artist, Meera Chaudra, based around the patterns and shapes used in Mughal art. It is a free event and there is no need to book, but you should arrive early to guarantee a place.

23rd February, 11am-4.30pm

Mughal India Discovery Day

A day of free activities, including art & craft, a puppetry workshop, film, and live performances.

9th March, 10am-5pm

Mughal India: A Study Day

Presentations and discussions will be given throughout the day by by noted art historians and researchers. They will be looking at Mughal heritage through art and manuscripts. Tickets are 25.

10th March, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Milo Beach: The Gulshan Album

The Gulshan Album is a book that was written for Mughal emperor, Jahangir. Addressing the important role of the Mughal court, the beautifully illustrated book will be discussed by historian, Milo Beach. Tickets are 7.50.

10th January - 26th March, 3.30pm & 6.30pm

Exhibition Tours

On Tuesdays and Thursdays in January through to march, there will be tours of the exhibition. Tours are 45 minutes and cost between 7-9.

With you would like to take more of the experience home with you, then the accompanying bookby J.P. Losty and Malini Roy is 19.95 in paperback and 30 hardcover; it comes with over 150 coloured illustrations.
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Why? Learn about the Mughals
When: Until 2nd April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7412 7332
Where: British Library
Cost: 3.50-10 exhibit
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