Historical Vintage Photographs of Indian Sub-Continent and Adjacent South Asian Areas (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Tibet)


Living Condition of Poor Families in Bombay (Mumbai) 1946
Living Condition of Poor Families in Bombay (Mumbai) 1946
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Rodiya Women - Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Various Photographs of Rodiya Women - Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
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Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 1954
Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 1954 - 70 Photographs
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Air India Flight Attendants - 1946
Air India Flight Attendants - 1946
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Photographs of Jagannath Temple in Puri
Various Photographs of Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa - 19th Century
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British emperor George V's Hunting in Nepal
British emperor George V's Hunting in Nepal in December 1911
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Indian Boats on River - Various Photographs 1900's
Indian Boats on River - Various Photographs 1900's
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Bollywood Hindi Movie Record Covers
Bollywood Hindi Movie Record Covers
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Begum Para
Hindi Movie Actress Begum Para Outdoor Photoshoot in 1951
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Jesse Owens in India
Famous American athlete Jesse Owens in India in 1955
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C. V. Raman
C. V. Raman - The Great Indian Physicist
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Tanuja, Vintage Photographs
Hindi Movie Actress Tanuja, Vintage Photographs - 1960-70's
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Cricket World Cup winners in 1983
Cricket World Cup winners in 1983
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Life, Work and Family of an India Moneylender
Life, Work and Family of an India Moneylender - Thaal, India 1946
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Girls Auditioning (Screen Test) for Hindi Movie

Girls Auditioning (Screen Test) for Hindi Movie - Kardar Productions 1951

Photographs of Hindi movie director A R Kardar of Kardar Productions taking screen test of new girls for his movie in 1951. A R Kardar (Abdul Rashid Kardar) was director of famous movies like Shahjehan (1946), Dillagi (1949), Dulari (1949), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) etc. These photographs were taken by James Burke for Life Magazine.

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Delhi Durbar of 1903

Delhi Durbar of 1903

The durbar was held to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India. The two full weeks of festivities were devised in meticulous detail by Lord Curzon. It was a dazzling display of pomp, power and split second timing. Neither the earlier Delhi Durbar of 1877, nor the later Durbar held there in 1911, could match the pagentry of Lord Curzon’s 1903 festivities.
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Kashmir 1964

Photographs of Kashmir from 1964

Beautiful Photographs taken by Life magazine photographer James Burke.

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Bengal famine of 1943

Bengal famine of 1943
A Photographic History

The Bengal famine of 1943 occurred in undivided Bengal (now independent Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal) in 1943. It is estimated that over three million people died from starvation, malnutrition and related illnesses during the famine.

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Times of India office in Bombay (Mumbai) November 1898

Times of India office in Bombay (Mumbai) November 1898

The Times of India is the world's largest selling English-language daily newspaper. It is the most widely read English newspaper in India.These photographs were taken on the occasion of the newspaper's Diamond Jubilee (60 years) in November 1898.
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The Planting & Manufacture of Indigo in India - Allahabad, 1877

The Planting & Manufacture of Indigo in India - Allahabad, 1877

Indigo planting in Bengal started around 1777. Indigo planting became more and more commercially profitable due to the demand for blue dye in Europe. It was introduced in large parts of eastern India. The indigo planters mercilessly pursued the peasants to plant indigo instead of food crops.
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Madhubala in Her Room

Madhubala in Her Room - Photographed by James Burke for Life magazine in 1951

Madhubala (1933 - 1969) was one of the great and talented Hindi movie actresses of 1950's-60's. She acted in many successful and classic Hindi movies.
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Sun Temple of Konark

Sun Temple of Konark from Archaeological Survey of India Collections 1890

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Sun Temple, at Konark, in Orissa. It was constructed from oxidizing and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I (1236-1264 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.

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Great Calcutta Killings - August 1946

Calcutta Communal Riot or Great Calcutta Killings - August 1946

Direct Action Day (16 August 1946), also known as the Great Calcutta Killing, was a day of widespread riot and manslaughter in the city of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in the Bengal province of British India.
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Portraits of Tribal Men and Women

Portraits of Tribal Men and Women from Assam and North East India

Portraits of Indian tribal men and women from Life archive.

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Mass migration during independence of India in 1947

Mass migration during independence of India in 1947

In the aftermath of partition, a huge population exchange occurred between the two newly-formed states (India and Pakistan). About 14.5 million people crossed the borders and faced extreme hardship, hunger and death.

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Subhas Chandra Bose

Various Photographs of Subhas Chandra Bose - 1940's

Subhas Chandra Bose, affectionately called as Netaji, was one of the most prominent leaders of Indian freedom struggle.
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Elephants in Sonepur Cattle Fair

Elephants in Sonepur Cattle Fair in Bihar 1952

The Sonepur Cattle Fair is held on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November in Sonepur, Bihar, on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak. Till date, it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and stretches on from fifteen days to one month. It has its origins during ancient times.
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Vintage Photographs of Calcutta (Kolkata) 1903

Vintage Photographs of Calcutta (Kolkata) 1903

This is a remarkable set of photographs probably taken by an English gentleman Pandy (1875 - 1951) when he was posted to Calcutta, India. He was a merchant for Ralli Brothers, a famous British Greek merchant company based in Manchester. The set captures the unique atmosphere of imperial rule in the British Raj.
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India in Second World War

India in Second World War

India, officially the Indian Empire, declared war on Germany in September 1939. The Provinces of India (which included most of modern-day India and the present day Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar), being imperial colonies of the United Kingdom, were by default a part of the Allies of World War II. Several Indian princely states provided large donations to the Allies to combat the threat of Nazism and Fascism.
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Vintage Photographs of Bombay (Mumbai)

Vintage Photographs of Bombay (Mumbai) - Early 20th Century

Mumbai (Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, most populous metropolitan area in India, and the eighth most populous city in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million and metropolitan area population of 20.7 million as of 2011.
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People and their Professions in Lahore - 1946

People and their Professions in Lahore - British India, 1946

Lahore is the capital city of the Punjab province of current Pakistan and the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan. It is the largest native Punjabi-populated city in the world and an important historical center in South Asia.
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Ghats of Varanasi (Benares)

Benares (Varanasi) Ghats Photographed from River Ganges - 1905


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Queen Elizabeth II during her tour of the Indian subcontinent in 1961

Queen Elizabeth II during her tour of the Indian subcontinent in 1961

Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
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Indian Village Life - 1962

Indian Village Life - 1962

Various photographs of Indian village, people and their activities.
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First Lok Sabha General Election Scenes - Delhi, January 1952

First Lok Sabha General Election Scenes - Delhi, January 1952

The Indian general election of 1951–52 elected the first Lok Sabha since India became independent in August 1947. Until this point, the Indian Constituent Assembly had served as an interim legislature. The Indian National Congress (INC) won a landslide victory, winning 364 of the 489 seats. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the country.

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Scenes from the Drama Festival at New Delhi November 1949

Scenes from the Drama Festival at New Delhi November 1949


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