Nawab’s library, Gulistan-e-Iram in Lucknow to turn into literary centre

Gulistan-e-Iram, the royal library of Awadh, may be available for literary programmes soon. Being restored by the UP housing development board, the Nawabi era monument would be developed as a heritage building.

Built in the early 19th century, Gulistan-e-Iram was the personal library of King Ghazi-ud-din Haider, who simulated it with the garden of `Jannat’ (heaven).

“The library would be reused and of options being explored, the idea of using it for literary events looks most promising, “said a senior officer in the state culture department on Friday.

The department on Thursday sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the restoration of the building. “Structural strengthening is the focus area as of now and additional funds would be used for the purpose, ” said Anita Meshram, secretary, culture.

Raised during the reign of Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider and finished by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider in 1837, Kothi Darshan Bilas is an amalgamation of the architectural features of Kothi Farhat Baksh, Dilkusha Palace and Musa Bagh respectively.