Summers are coming to an end and we have not done much of going around the world. So today we will head out to India and learn more about the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and a Vasanti Inspiration.
Taj Mahal or The Taj, as it is popularly known, was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1983 and labelled as a ‘Jewel of Muslim Art in India.’
The Taj is actually a momentous mausoleum complex that took nearly seventeen years to build. Construction on site, on the right bank of Yamuna River in present day Uttar Pradesh, India, started in 1631-32, at the behest of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. He wanted a befitting and ever-lasting memorial built on the tomb of his most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
According to UNESCO:
The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture. Its recognised architectonic beauty has a rhythmic combination of solids and voids, concave and convex and light shadow; such as arches and domes further increases the aesthetic aspect. The colour combination of lush green scape reddish pathway and blue sky over it show cases the monument in ever changing tints and moods. The relief work in marble and inlay with precious and semi-precious stones make it a monument apart.
Every year, thousands of tourists and visitors visit the Taj and pose on the iconic ‘bench’. Also known as the Lady Diana’s Chair, the humble bench catapulted to legendary status for two reasons – for one it captured the Taj as a perfect back drop to the Princess, with all its regal, eternal loveliness, secondly, at a monument of love, Lady Di had sat and posed alone for photographers. It was at a time her marriage to Prince Charles was crumbling and sure enough, they announced their separation the same year.
Getting back to what makes the Taj famous, despite two tragic love stories associated with it, is the majesty and grandeur of its architecture and its façade, pure white marble. Ustad Ahmad Khan Lahauri is generally credited with the design of Taj, incorporating elements of major Islamic ‘styles’ of the time, Persian, Ottoman Turkish as well as the local Indian architecture.
Some of the most breath-taking sights of the Taj are at dawn and dusk, when sun rays hit its eastern and western faces. Its white marble is effused in tranquil shades of rose, golds, and creams, like time come to a standstill. At Vasanti we wanted to capture this magic moment in colours that lend elegance to the wearer, day or night, all year long. Enter Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Taj Mahal, a complementing duo of butter soft, pigment rich metallic champagne rose and luminescent cream, this duo evokes all the classic colour play that charms visitors to the Taj.
Timeless shades that are almost magical in capturing and reflecting light, Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Taj Mahal is our ode to the Taj, in all its splendour.