Amir Khusrau (1253 - 1325) was a medieval poet, musician, courtier and historian par excellence. A disciple of Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya, Khusrau was a devout follower of the Chishtiya order while being associated with the courts of at least seven kings of Delhi. His fluency in Persian, the language of the court, and Hindavi, the language of the common people, enabled him to compose poetry, riddles and historical treatises in both languages making his work accessible to all strata of society. A cultural figure without parallel, he holds an exalted position in the international literary and cultural domains from Istanbul to Isfahan and Kabul to Rangoon.
Commenced in September 2009 with support from the Ford Foundation, the Aalam-e-Khusrau programme focused on documenting and disseminating the multifarious contributions of the legendary Amir Khusrau.
The main objective of the programme has been to bring forth a deeper and richer understanding of the legacy and relevance of Khusrau in this day and age. Through cultural festivals, research, documentation, films, audio visual exhibitions and scholarship projects, the project has brought forth a deeper and richer understanding of the legacy and relevance of Khusrau in this day and age. At the same time, the project’s objectives have been to develop diverse platforms for the works of Amir Khusrau to be assimilated as the cultural heritage of the region, in general, and Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in particular.
The five key components of Aalam E Khusrau have been: