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The Kidnapping of Amir Hamza

From the Mughal Manuscript Hamzanama
With an introduction by Milo C. Beach Retold by Mamta Dalal Mangaldas and Saker Mistri

The Kidnapping of Amir Hamza is an exciting tale from the Hamzanama, a Persian epic.

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The Kidnapping of Amir Hamza is an exciting tale from the Hamzanama, a Persian epic.
It was a favourite of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. In this book, the master storyteller Darbar Khan from Akbar’s court, narrates the episode of the kidnapping to the young emperor, from the lavishly illustrated Hamzanama that had taken nearly 100 artists over 15 years to prepare for the king.

From his large box of paintings, taking one picture at a time, Darbar Khan begins the tale in which the brave warrior Hamza is kidnapped from the shores of the Caspian Sea by the evil Shahrashob. The noble Hamza, protector of good, is paraded and held captive in the kingdom of his arch enemy Malik Argus, the King of Takaw. The adventure takes us through the seas, via caravanserais and delightful gardens with chinar trees; on boats, magical horses and camels, recounting the events that lead to Hamza’s victory over the wicked Malik Argus. A range of characters—Hamza’s loyal friend Umar, Mikhal the Champion, his brother Ayjil, son Alamshah and their friend Tul Mast—all join hands in helping their beloved Amir Hamza.

In the pages inside, young enthusiasts of history and art are also introduced to the creation of Mughal paintings and to appreciate ways of seeing Mughal art, in the chapters Akbar’s Painting Studio and Be an Art Detective. The insightful Introduction by Milo C. Beach gives an account of young Akbar and his fascination for illustrated epics, particularly the Hamzanama.

Mamta Dalal Mangaldas loves reading children’s books and understanding how children learn. She has conducted museum workshops to introduce art to children.

Saker Mistri is a Speech Pathologist and Museum Educator. She has spent 25 years living in the Middle East, Europe, South East Asia and the US where she has developed museum programmes for children and contributed to travel and art publications.

• Introduction
• Meet the Characters
• Akbar and the Storyteller
• The Kidnapping of Amir Hamza
• Akbar’s Painting Workshop
• Mughal Colour Palette
• Ways of Seeing: Be an Art Detective
• Illustration Credits and Bibliography
• Acknowledgements
ISBN 9788188204847
Pages 56
Number of illustrations 42
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), plc
Date of Publishing 2007
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Co-published with HarperCollins Children's Books, India (1st edition)
Rights Available World rights

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