9 Gems of Akbar

1. The chronicler of the Akbar rule was Abul Fazl (1551–1602). He authored the biographical Akbarnama. Abul Fazl documented the history meticulously, over seven years, in three volumes, the third volume is known because of the Ain-i-Akbari and a Persian translation of the Bible. He was also the brother of Faizi, the Poet Laureate of emperor Akbar.

2. Faizi (1547–1595) was Abul Fazl’s brother. He was a poet who composed beautiful poetry. His father was Mubarak Nagori, a scholar within the philosophy and literature of Greece also as in Islamic theology.

3. Miyan Tansen was a singer for King Akbar, born as Tanna Mishra, a Hindu Brahmin, in 1520, he was a poet himself. He learned music from Swami Haridasand later from Hazrat Muhammad Ghaus. He was a court musician with the prince of Mewar and later was recruited by Akbar as his court musician. Tansen became a legendary name in India and was the composer of the various classical ragas. He was a really gifted vocalist, known for an outsized number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularized and improved the rabab (of Central Asian origin). He was buried in Gwalior, where a tomb has been constructed for him. it’s unclear if Tansen converted to Islam.

4. Raja Birbal (1528–1583) was a weak Hindu brahmin, named for his intellect at Akbar’s palace, and became the court jester. Raised under the name of Maheshdas, the Emperor bestowed the rank of Raja Birbal. Birbal’s roles at Akbar’s court were mainly military and administrative, but he was also an emperor’s very good associate, who most enjoyed Birbal for his wit and humor. There are several funny tales of the conversations and connections that are common today between the king and his minister. Birbal was also a poet and his works are held in the Bharatpur Museum under the label of the plume “Brahma.” Raja Birbal died in combat trying to quench the strife among Afghani tribes in Northwest India.

5. Raja Todar Mal was a Hindu Khatri / Kayastha and was the finance minister of Akbar, who overhauled the income structure within the empire from 1560 onwards. He adopted uniform weights and measures, divisions of taxes, and policemen. His organized approach to raising revenue was a standard for Mughals in the long term, even because of the British. Even Raja Todar Mal was a fighter who supported Akbar in suppressing the Bengali Afghan insurgents. Todar Mal had established his experience in jobs with Sher Shah. In 1582, Akbar bestowed the title Diwan-I-Ashraf on the raja.

6. Raja Man Singh was Amber’s Kacchwaha Rajah, a state described later as Jaipur. He was a respected officer in the army of Akbar, and was Akbar’s father-in-law nephew. His ancestors had been inducted as amirs (nobles) into the Mughal hierarchy. Raja Man Singh was the utmost ablest of Akbar’s military commanders and supported Akbar on several fronts including keeping off the advance of Hakim (Akbar’s half-brother, a Kabul governor) in Lahore. He was also Afghanistan’s Mughal viceroy, led campaigns in Bihar, Orissa, Deccan, and also Bengal’s viceroy.

7. Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana was a poet when he was a child, Bairam Khan, was the son of Akbar’s respected protector and caretaker. After Bairam Khan was treacherously assassinated, Akbar’s second wife was his wife. He is well known for his Hindi couplets and his Astrology books.[2] The village of Khankhana, named after him, is situated in the Nawanshahr district of Punjab, in northwestern India.

8. Fakir Aziao-Din was a mystic and an advisor. Akbar looks in high regard upon his guidance.

9. Mullah Do Piazza had been Akbar’s consultant.

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