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Aadaab!

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah riding on his elephant.

Welcome to The Deccan Archive

Welcome to The Deccan Archive,  an initiative by a bunch of Hyderabadis with a vision to research, document and put forth factually correct and historically accurate narratives of the Deccan. We strive to preserve the rich and varied heritage digitally, by creating an open-source archive of all available material in print, manuscripts, photographs, narratives, anecdotes, personal accounts or any other media. We also raise awareness by conducting heritage walks in Hyderabad.

A view of the historic Charminar from the Lad Bazar road, from the year 1888. Photographed by Lala Deen Dayal.
A medallion from the Hayat Nagar Masjid.

Medallion from Hayat Nagar Masjid

As part of our outreach program, we conduct heritage walks, workshops and curated experiences with local organisations and artists to raise awareness amongst the masses and initiate dialogues in neighborhoods that are very much forgotten. We also preserve and digitise old books, photographs, video reels, manuscripts and the like. If you have any of these and would like our help, please get in touch with us.

We are always happy to meet like-minded individuals/groups/entities willing to collaborate/network with us. If you are one of those, do fill our contact form and we will get back to you.

A heritage walk in the gardens of the tomb of Mahlaqa Chanda, the famous poetess of Hyderabad.
  • Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jul 27
    TDAF Studio
    Jul 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    TDAF Studio, 402, The Pearl Apartments, Bahadur Yaar Jung Colony Rd, Khader Bagh, Indira Nagar, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana 500006, India
    Jul 27, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    TDAF Studio, 402, The Pearl Apartments, Bahadur Yaar Jung Colony Rd, Khader Bagh, Indira Nagar, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana 500006, India
    This four-day offline course aims to teach participants how to read and write Urdu using Nastaleeq script, led by subject experts. No prior knowledge of Urdu script required.
  • Fri, Aug 16
    Hampi
    Aug 16, 2024, 6:20 PM – Aug 18, 2024, 10:20 PM
    Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka 583239, India
    Aug 16, 2024, 6:20 PM – Aug 18, 2024, 10:20 PM
    Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka 583239, India
    A 2 day tour to the Vijayanagara capital of Hampi!
  • Time is TBD
    Hyderabad
    Time is TBD
    Hyderabad, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008, India
    Time is TBD
    Hyderabad, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008, India
    Join us for an enriching Urdu Poetry Workshop with renowned poet Ray Ain Asrar. Learn about the history, forms, and intricacies of Urdu poetry and improve your own poetic skills in a supportive environment.
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