The sources for North Indian history from the 12th to 19th century are largely in the language of the culture and administration of the time: Persian. The shift away from this culture to modern administrative and academic priorities leaves this era and its standing remains prone to neglect. Their vulnerability, even when designated as Protected Monuments, is acute. One region is dealt with here, but there is scope for research on neglected sites and urban areas under threat of development throughout the country. The interface between Bayana’s past and Akbar’s first urban endeavour at Fathpur Sikri demonstrates that the whole vocabulary of Bayana’s architectural techniques, combining trabeate and arcuate forms in the same building along with the exploitation of the decorative and structural properties of sandstone, was taken over by the early Mughals and elaborated in their imperial cities. There is still time to pay attention to India’s cultural heritage even while it is being obliterated.
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