Monday, March 8, 2010

Tomb of Tansen, Gwalior

Tansen is the father of Hindustani classical music. He was an extraordinarily gifted vocalist, known for a large number of compositions. He was born in the small village near Gwalior. The great Mian Tansen, one of the 'Nine Jewels' of Emperor Akbar's court. At some point, he was disciple for some time to Swami Haridas and later Muhammad Ghaus was spiritual leader.

The tomb of Tansen is built in the early Mughal architectural style and is surrounded by lush gardens in typical Mughal style. It is built very next to the tomb of Muhammad Ghaus. When compared with other architectural wonders in this place it is very simple.

Every year a national level music festival is organized here in November/December.

Next day morning we proceeded from Gwalior to our next destination Shivpuri.

Distance: Gwalior ---> Shivpuri 114 kms

45 comments:

Nalini Hebbar said...

The way the culture of India took shape incorporating various the races that landed on her shores is indeed amazing. Who says India is a Hindu country!

V Rakesh said...

The detail is awesome! Marvelous tribute!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I can imagine Tansen showcasing his excellence there!

Anya said...

Interesting ....
The tomb of Tansen looks unique
the architecture is beautiful :-)

joo said...

It's a beautiful place and I can imagi how lvely the festival must be!

Protege said...

What a beautiful tomb. Although it looks more like a beautiful and opulent gazebo.;)
xo
Zuzana

JOE TODD said...

Interesting post.. I need to do some research and find out about
Hindustani classical music.. Love learning new things

Carver said...

Beautiful and interesting place and I can imagine that the music festival is wonderful at that historic spot.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful photos and such an interesting post, as always Rajesh! Always enjoy the tours you take us on each week around your beautiful country! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Stine in Ontario said...

It's definitely worth clicking on the photos! I bet the music festival is wonderful!

J Bar said...

Interesting place.
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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: A wonderful post to a great man.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi rajesh

i would love to see a music festival in there. beautiful detail

~laura

SandyCarlson said...

That is a beautiful place to be remembered.

Arasu said...

It's interesting to see the historical places like this. Nice architecture.

Tes said...

That's a beautiful, building, Rajesh! Good capture!

Indrani said...

Great place covered Rajesh. One of the places included in my must see list.

magiceye said...

hallowed spot for music lovers

Ebie said...

It is a great place and thanks for tagging us along in your tour!

Hazel said...

India does boasts of magnificent tombs, even this one looks amazing.

Wolynski said...

You say this tomb is simple? It's a lot more than a simple gravestone - very beautiful.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rajesh! What a great country you have:rich in culture and stories and religion! Thanks for your visit and comment! You are right! I think that women and men can work and be happy together when they see each other as equal partners. Women are half of humanity and they are valuable for society when they can develop themselves.

Eden said...

Such an interesting tomb. Great shots. And thank you for sharing its history.

LadyFi said...

It may be simple - yet it is so elegant!

daylily777 said...

Very interesting facts. Great shot.
Blessings,
~Myrna

Vicky said...

Very nice presentation!!!

Jenn Jilks said...

Very interesting. I wrote a rant about changes to towns.

joshi daniel said...

feel like seeing the music festival there!

Pam said...

That is a very impressive tomb. He must have been an honored musician.

Jacob said...

Building such impressive tombs must be a cultural thing. I wonder if the people so entombed were as lauded when alive.

Wren said...

Lovely and impressive in its simplicity. A quiet elegance that is timeless.

Japa said...

Very interesting. Beautiful architectural details.

Andree said...

Beautiful views and commentary. I enjoy learning about your country very much.

Onkar said...

Lovely pictures and beautiful write-up.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nice!

Rajesh said...

Nalni: Thanks. You are very right. With open heart we have accept all the cultures.

Rakesh, Bhavesh, Anya, Joo, Protege, Sylvia, Carver, Stine, J Bar, Guy, Laura, Sandy, Tes, magiceye, Ebie, Hazel, Wolynski: Thanks for the appreciation.

Joe: Thanks. It is a music that originating in the Vedic period. it is a tradition that has been evolving from the 12th century AD.

Arasu, Wil, Eden, LadyFi, Myrna, Vicky, Jilks, Joshi, Pam, Jacob, Wren, Japa, Andree, Onkar, Kirigalpoththa: Thanks for the appreciation.

Indrani: Thanks, I am glad that this place is now in your must see list.

deepazartz said...

Wow, Tansen's tomb! I like to hear stories about past, our cultural heritage, various 'gems' etc...and this place seems to be narrating a tale...Glad you shared this!

How come you travel so many places? Are you into travel and tours? Anyways, Lucky, Lucky YOU!

Hope to see more of such wonderful tales, here:)

Pietro said...

Interesting tomb in a very beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this nice images!

Sweet Repose said...

What a beautiful structure and history lesson to accompany...thanks for the tour of you mystical land!

chubskulit said...

Another interesting thing that I learned about India, thanks for sharing. I a now a follower of your blog.

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Joops said...

India is one interesting place that I would love to visit one day. Very informative post, keep it up!


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Cassie said...

This Shadow Shot makes the concrete tomb look cold and maybe even a bit dank. Hard to imagine that this is considered plain!

Deepak Acharya said...

impressive shots

Greyscale Territory said...

Impressive structure! Especially love the new lease of life through music! Great photo!

Rajesh said...

deepazarta: Thanks, I love travelling. But in the recent times I do I not travel much due to back problem.

Rose: Thanks, I am glad you are following my blog. I will also do the same.

Pietro, Sweet, Cssie, Deepak, Gemma: Thanks for the appreciation.