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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Shahjahan's Taj finds place in US

Thru The Times of India (IANS)

JAIPUR: History says emperor Shahjahan had the hands of people who made the Taj Mahal chopped off so that no one could replicate the luminous 17th-century monument of love.

But defying the emperor's order centuries down is a sculptor from Rajasthan. Arjun Prajapati claims to have built a replica of the Taj Mahal, which is so perfect that no historian, archaeologist or connoisseur of art can detect an iota of difference between his work and the original.

Prajapati's Taj is created from white Makrana marble, the same material as was used in the original. It is 5.5 feet high and erected on a 7 ft by 7 ft platform.
Prajapati is a well-known sculptor from Rajasthan who has made sculptures of personalities like Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

His sculptures have found a place in the University of Rajasthan and various other public places across the country.
He said "this madness about making a Taj Mahal just like the real one" had given him much satisfaction.

"So when a New Jersey institute proposed that I recreate the Taj Mahal, I grabbed the opportunity," Prajapati said.


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