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Ashtur tombs-Bidar under threat.
Hi, I had been to Bidar in N.Karnataka, India a couple of months back. There I accidentally came across the Ashtur tombs which are the mausoleums of the Bahamani kings. Some of these tombs are in a really bad state of preservation/maintenance, etc. What adds salt to the wounds is the fact that the ASI is not doing much to save these tombs. The most remarkable feature of these tombs is the internal wall paintings as well as the exterior blue tiles. These features are typically based on Persian origins. Whatever remains in these sites is solely at the mercy of nature. So I would be grateful if anyone can tell me of any international agency which can help in the restoration as well as protection of these culturally rich tombs. Does the Aga Khan network help in rehabilitating such fine examples of Islamic art & architecture?

Regards.
Mansoor Ali
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Ashtur tombs-Bidar under threat.
Here is a photo of the exterior facade. i heard that the AKTC is helping the ASI in the restoration of the Humayun's tomb complex as well as the Sundernagar nursery tombs. Can it do a similar project in Ashtur?
Mansoor Ali
Ashtur tombs-Bidar under threat.
And 1 more thing, "HELP SOS". One of these tombs was struck by lightning & its dome collapsed as a result. So please let me know if any agency can protect these tombs & paintings.
Mansoor Ali
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