Discover the connection between a descendent of Genghis Khan, the Paradise Gardens of ancient Persia and one of the world’s great love stories in a presentation at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.
Robert Bonham, professor emeritus of Maryville College, grew up in India and has visited the Taj Mahal numerous times. In a presentation, “Taj Mahal: Images & Stories,” Bonham will relate stories and lore about the Taj Mahal, both a World Cultural Heritage monument and one of the most photographed buildings on earth, and will share pictures, multimedia resources and personal observations.
He will also discuss other issues about the Taj Mahal and its history including:
• Why was it dangerous to be a member of the Mughal royal family (rather like the bloody history of the Tudors of England)?
• Was it true that another Taj in black marble was planned directly across the river Yumna?
• Why was Emperor Shah Jahan prohibited from visiting his wife’s tomb for eight years?
• Why did an English entrepreneur plan to dismantle the monument? What art is continued today, sustained by descendents of those who created the Taj?
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the website at www.blountlibrary.org.
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