Oct 18, 2008

Sunset Over Golconda

Sultan Quli Qutb Shah set up the kingdom of Golconda after the Bahmani sultanate collapsed. This marked the beginning of one of the most glorious periods in the history of the Deccan. The Qutb Shahi Sultans brought about a cultural renaissance of sorts, actively patronizing poets, musicians, dancers and artists of all kinds. They were also strong believers in secularism, and encouraged a beautiful amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim cultures. It was during the rule of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah that the city of Hyderabad was born. It is said that he wanted the city to be unequalled in the world and a replica of paradise itself. Sadly, all good things come to an end. In 1687, during the rule of Sultan Abul Hasan, the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb arrived at the Golconda fort with huge armies. After an eight-month long siege, a traitor opened the gates of the fort to the Mughal army, and thus ended a beautiful era that had lasted a hundred and seventy years.

For a very moving account of the downfall of the kingdom of Golconda, you could read the essay Sunset over Golconda by Anvar Ali Khan. It appears in The Untold Charminar, a compilation of writings on Hyderabad.


  1. Anonymous11:44 PM

    hi madhu lovely pics didnt know u were a photographer only knew u as a physist:)...take me with u on ur next biryani hunt ;)

  2. the photo is really beautiful madhu.
    and thank you for info over hyderabad.i so enjoy this blog :)

  3. great blog. love all the pictures and the posts.

  4. Thank you Navika! What a pleasant surprise to see you here! I don't go on biryani hunts normally, but do come along when I go out to take pictures :)

    Thanks you, Megha :)

    Thank you, Kuffir :)

    Thank you, WMWC :)

  5. A really colorful sunset and that’s a beautiful picture. Well done!

    - Happy blogging

  6. hi madhu...beautiful pictures..i have been in hyd for more than a year but never seen such beautiful hues of hyd...keep up ur good work

  7. hi Madhu

    am writing from DC, am born in Hyd but have not lived there much, off and on, summer hols etc

    this is a great blog...please keep writing on all things Hyderabadi...
    and your photos actually make me nostalgic!

    can't imagine i would miss Hyderabad :)

    Congrats! on your wedding too.