Aurangzeb has been portrayed as cold blooded shrewd and puritanical, devoid of emotions and it is precisely this image of him which is etched deeply in our minds that one find it hard to believe that he lived and died like any other human being. Several historical records, the most important being Akham-i-Alamgiri,* Aurangzeb's biography, tell us that he not only studied music but also had a deep appreciation of music. His biographer tells us about his visit to Deccan as a prince where he fell madly in love with Zainabadi, a “woman of unequalled musical skill”. For several years Aurangzeb was lost to the world, living only for Zainabadi and her music, forgetting even his rigorous religious discipline.
Images 1 NSD Drama Begum Zainabadi By Bharti Sharma
2 Dolls of India.com
*3Ahkam-i-Alamgiri authored by Aurangzib’s favourite officer Hamid-ud-din Khan Nimcha
*4 Ahukhana is at Burhanpur MP. Zainabad. The place was Royal leisure pavilions during the Mughal time. Body of Mumtaj Mahal
was buried at this place for six months.
*5 Niccolao Manucci (1639–1717) was an Italian writer and traveller. He worked in the Mughal court</