In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief
over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of
a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story
surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim
of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of
all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence
between the disparate peoples in the empire.
At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir,
most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly
north of Bombay to the Himalayas).
Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and
Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of
forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble
Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside
continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of
perfection. Download and start listening now!