Ram Rahman photographs Humayun’s Tomb in the night sky

The half-a-millennium old monument — a UNESCO World Heritage Site in New Delhi — is lit up by 800 energy-efficient LED lights

In terms of architectural specifics, the white marble dome of Humayun’s Tomb towers more than 100 feet over the Delhi skyline. This grand dome now shines bright in the Delhi night sky, having been lit by 800 energy saving lamps, LED luminaires in a manner that mimics and enhances the effect of moonlight. Professor Ebba Koch, Mughal historian has said: “The tomb of Humayun is the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums that were to become synonyms of Mughal architecture. Here, for the first time, the monumental scale is attained that was to become the characteristic of Mughal imperial projects.”

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi | LED Bulbs and Moonlight

Koch’s words come alive when you see the incandescent aura of the dome as if lit on a moonlit night. “LED bulbs have replaced high energy consuming halogen light fixtures, which were installed at the sepulchre in 1999. New lights at the monuments will reduce the power consumption by 90 per cent,” says Ratish Nanda, chief executive officer (CEO) of Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which restored the monument. He said illumination of the dome was a challenge because lighting had to be designed in a way as to prevent any shadow on its surface. Visible from major road networks such as the Ring Road, Barahpullah elevated road, Nizamuddin Bridge, the illumination will significantly enhance the skyline of historic Delhi. This endeavour was carried out by Havells India Ltd, as part of their CSR initiative in partnership with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and, in turn, the Archaeological Survey of India.

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi | Sacred Geometry

Ace photographer Ram Rahman has captured the surreal splendour of Humayun’s Tomb in the night sky; the images fill us with a sense of awe as we see the geometric perfection,Ram-Rahman-2015-sm-866x1155 the study of space juxtaposed against the play of light; the striking characteristics of materials; and meticulous craftsmanship that harks back to the 16th century. The gilded finial that glistens in the night sky is an emblem of the science of sacred geometry, which lies in the perfection of its reflection of the physical world and its representation of how strongly humanity is governed by geometry. The finial was blown away by a storm in May 2014 and a new one was installed in December 2016 with the help of skilled workers and gold leafing.

 

Read more at the source: https://www.architecturaldigest.in/content/ram-rahman-humayun-tomb-delhi/

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.