Arts and Sciences


Persian Miniature/Mughal Painting (Illumination) competition

Mughal rulers Humayun and Akbar were patrons of the arts. Under their reign, Persian miniatures, a form of illumination, flourished and developed into the Mughal style of painting. Bring your best Persian or Mughal painting to impress our noble lords and ladies. Common themes of Mughal painting include Hindu epics (like Ramayana), animal fables, and portraits.

Best use of Silk

The silk road was one of the main contributions to the growth and establishment of ancient and medieval India. Silk worms thrived in the mulberry trees which in turn allowed India’s textile trade to thrive. In the 1300s, thousands of silk weavers were employed by the sultan. Celebrate the mighty little silk worm and show off your best use of silk, be it spinning, sewing, garb making, or more.

Best use of Cotton

Cotton in India has been an important fiber since long before the Mughal Empire. When Europeans first encountered cotton, they believed that the cotton plant was made of tiny little sheep! In 1350, John Mandeville wrote an account of seeing Scythian Lambs: “There grew there India a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie”

As we travel to the exotic lands of the Mughal Empire, I implore you to show off your best use of these tiny lambs and make something fantastic. Whether it be weaving, spinning, sewing, or other crafts, bring your best and show that you are the shepherd or shepherdess that best knows how to tame these tiny tree-lambs.

Mughal weapon and armor

Demonstrate the might of the Mughal Empire by exhibiting weapons, armor, or a study on Mughal arms and armor. Show off an SCA fighting weapon made to look like a shamsher or a zhagnol, create a shield in the style of a chirwah, or write a paper on the Mughal matchlock called a tufang. From blowpipes to blunderbusses, the Mughal Empire had an impressive range of arms and armor.

Doha poetry

A form of poetry that developed in India and was popular during the Mughal Empire, Doha is characterized by a couplet with 24 instants, or matras, in each line.

I know that Wikipedia is not the best source, but it has a good definition of what a doha poem is:

“Each line has 13 instants in first part and 11 instants in the second. The first and third quarters of doha have 13 instants which must parse as 6-4-3. A short syllable is counted as one instant, and a long syllable is counted as two instants”

An example of a Doha poem is as follows:

Says Rahim, one who is of inherently noble nature, will remain unaffected even when he associates with bad people.

The sandalwood plant does not absorb poison when the snakes wind around it.

The matras do not translate into English perfectly so poems will be judged not on having perfect syllable counts but on trying to stay within the style.