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Dec 10, 2014

Naqqar or Naubhat Khana within Red Fort (Lal Qula) Complex, Delhi - 1858

Naqqar or Naubhat Khana within Red Fort (Lal Qula) Complex, Delhi - 1858

Photographer: John Murray

Photograph of Naqqar Khana in Delhi from 'Murray Collection: Views in Delhi, Cawnpore, Allahabad and Benares' taken by Dr. John Murray in 1858 after the Uprising of 1857. Naqqar or Naubhat Khana, is located within the Red Fort or Lal Qila complex, and was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1627-1658). This music gallery was approached via the Lahore Gate and the Chhatta Chauk (vaulted arcades) on the west side of the fort. Passing beyond the Naqqar Khana would lead to the other key palace buildings including the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Moti Masjid, and the Khas Mahal (private chambers of the emperor).

Source: British Library