Proportion in Music and Mughal architecture
13 November 2017

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In a 2016 lecture about the architects and architecture of Lahore, Hassan Taimoor Khan Mumtaz said “God is beautiful and he loves beauty – that is the basis of all traditional arts. That they can be windows to a reality that lives within all of us.”

Is that why we find Mughal buildings so entrancing? The perfection of shape and line, the balance between immenseness and intricacy, the beauty of decoration – traditional Islamic architecture is an unending catalogue of wonder.

Central to this sense of wonder is the use of proportional geometry which is considered to be the visual expression and explanation of all the patterns found in the universe – “the blueprint of creation”. Not only does geometry provide the science of patterns across space, it also explains patterns across time, i.e. in music.

In November, architect and founder of Hast-o-Neest Taimoor Khan Mumtaz will be in London to present a talk about the ways in which Muslim architects used the same geometric proportions and relations that underpin music as the basis for their work. It is these proportions and relationships that imbue Mughal architecture with a sense of eternally harmonious beauty.

The event literature states compellingly, “While this illustrated lecture will focus on musical and architectural harmonies reflecting transcendent, heavenly beauty, it will also show how these external, worldly harmonies can remind human beings of their potential for inner harmony – humans being microcosmic mirrors of the Divine.”



When: Monday 13th November 2017, 7pm

Where: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT

More info and to book: The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 


By Seema Khan.


Posted on 8 October 2017

Photo courtesy Taimoor Khan Mumtaz


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