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Secrets of Humayun’s tomb revealed

New Delhi: Using grand graphics and dramatic re-enactment, secrets of the Mughal dynasty architectural masterpiece Humayun’s Tomb, which served as a template for the Taj Mahal, are set to be revealed in a new TV show.

Many intriguing stories, from Emperor Humayun’s exile in Persia to his death as he tumbled down his library staircase to the rise of Akbar ‘The Great’ and many such intriguing stories are set to be depicted in the one-hour special “Revealed: Humayun’s Tomb” when it premiers on Discovery.

A true-to-scale 3D frames of the complex structure created for the first time ever are showcased in the programme that uses dramatic re-enactment, high-end Computer Generated Imager (CGI) animation, extensive research, expert opinion to recreate the imagery of the early Mughal era monument and its key characters.

The documentary is part of the network’s ‘India Revealed’ anthology of programmes, which showcases significant aspects of the country’s cultural practices, traditions and lesser-known art forms.

“In the past, it has featured ‘The Line of Control’, ‘World’s Biggest Election’, ‘Rann of Kutch’ among others and now we are bringing the ‘Humayun’s Tomb’,” EVP and GM (South Asia) Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Rahul Johri, said.

“This documentary takes viewers into those layers of history and unlocks the over 450-year-old tomb,” VP (Programming), Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (South Asia), Arun Thapar said.

The network had last year produced ‘Revealed: Rashtrapati Bhawan’ which had allowed viewers “access” to the unseen facets of the British-era building that earlier served as the official residence of the Viceroy of India.

“Just as the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the idea is to offer history in an entertaining way and make them engage with it while opening new dimensions,” Thapar said.