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The Other Side of the Taj Mahal

Episode 2 of 3

Sona Datta looks at the Mughals, who created the most dazzling empire India has ever seen, from the Taj Mahal to intricate miniatures of court life.

This is the story of the Indian subcontinent told through the treasures of three very different people, places and dynasties that have shaped the modern Indian world.

The Mughals created the most famous and dazzling empire that India has ever seen, from the Taj Mahal to fabulously intricate miniatures of court life.

But in the process, did they bring civilisation to India or tear it apart?

From the moment the first Mughal emperor Babur arrived from Afghanistan the debate began - were the Mughals imposing their own religion of Islam on a Hindu country, or were they open to the religion and art of the country they were conquering?

The artworks the Mughals left behind over their 200-year empire - even the very buildings which have traces of Hindu architecture as well as Muslim - clearly show how this debate played out, and Sona Datta traces how this most spectacular of all Indian civilisations also sowed the seeds of discord.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 28 May 2019 23:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Sona Datta
Production Company Tern Television Productions Ltd
Series Producer Hugh Thomson
Director Hugh Thomson
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Participant Giles Tillotson
Participant Nitin Bhayanan
Participant William Dalrymple
Participant Ahmed Rashid