A Mughal Queen and her Manuscript: The Ramayana made for Hamida Banu Begum

Date:     12 April 2021

Time:     06:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Location:  Online Webinar

Part of the MIA Education


MIA is delighted to welcome our former curator Dr. Marika Sardar, Prof. John Seyller, and Prof. Audrey Truschke for a webinar about the publication of our new book – the Ramayana of Hamida Banu Begum.  

This lavishly illustrated manuscript was commissioned by a remarkable woman, the Mughal Queen Hamida Banu Begum (c. 1527-1604) and tells the age-old story of Rama, an extremely popular and widely circulating Indian epic that was translated from Sanskrit into Persian under the Mughal rulers. The publication is a fitting conclusion to the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 and also a celebration of Sheikh Saoud Al Thani who acquired the manuscript for MIA and reunited the various illuminations of this manuscript that had been dispersed over time. The manuscript is a milestone of Indian painting and manuscript production and a crucial document in the history of Mughal-sponsored translations of Sanskrit texts.  

Join us online to learn more about this remarkable manuscript, the project and the text and translation process.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86556161943?pwd=eGttMnpraTk0alFtTUd3SGxsTzRKZz09 (Passcode: 700059)