Aug 29, 2011

Anti-China Rally (Communist China Hands Off Tibet) - 1958

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European Man with a Horse - 1882

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Group Photograph of a Parsi Family

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Street Traders - India c1950

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Aug 28, 2011

Marriage of M.K. Bhim Singh of Kotah - 28 April 1930


Nikasi (Nikasi is at start of wedding procession from the Groom's House) Procession at start in Garh, Kotah.

Sitting behind: M. Mehtab Singh Bamulia
L R: Maharao Umed Singh II of Kotah, Maharaja Yagyarain Singh of Kishangarh, Maharao Raja Ishwari Singh of Bundi, Mirza Maharao Khengarji of Kutch. Behind K.S Godji, Ap. Onkar Singh Palaitha, Young Bh. Zorawar Singh, Behind Bh. S. Madan Singh of Kutch

Photograph Contributed by Mr. Abhimanyu Singh

Portrait of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner - 1897

Maharaja Ganga Singh (October 3, 1880, Bikaner–2 February 1943, Bombay) was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Bikaner (in present-day Rajasthan, India) from 1888 to 1943. He is widely remembered as a modern reformist visionary, and he was also the only non-Anglo member of the British Imperial War Cabinet during World War I. More in Wikipedia

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Maharaj Mehtab Singh Bambulia - 1921

Photograph Contributed by Mr. Abhimanyu Singh

Maharaj Jai Singh Bambulia - 1891


Photograph Contributed by Mr. Abhimanyu Singh

Aug 27, 2011

Boys of Mayo College - Ajmer, Rajasthan

Mayo College is a public school founded by the 6th Earl of Mayo, who was Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872.The school is located in Ajmer, in the state of Rajasthan, India.With a view to providing the leaders of the princely states with an education to British standards the British Raj built a school to give education to the Indian elite, particularly the princes and nobles of Rajputana. More in Wikipedia

P.T. Squad Mayo College, Ajmer 1934


Teams Mayo College Ajmer and Atchison College Lahore 1920


Mayo College Squadron 1920. Sitting on Chair Center Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. Standing 2nd Row 2nd From Right M. Mehtab Singh Bambolia

Mayo College Ajmer Kotah Boys

Photographs Contributed by Mr. Abhimanyu Singh

Irula Women from the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu - 1871

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Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan - 1873

Photographer : Colin Murray

The Rajput capital of Udaipur, is situated on the picturesque Lake Pichola in between two hills. There are many pleasure pavilions on the lake, the best preserved complex is the Jag Mandir. Built in 1551 of sandstone inlaid with marble it commands a magnificent view over the City Palace and the Lake Palace. The domed pavilion or Gul Mahal was built in a Mughal style architecture around 1621. Most of the other buildings are of the 18th Century.

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Group of Domestic Servants at Madras in Tamil Nadu - 1870

Photographer: Nicholas and Curths
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Museum of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) - 1900

Photographer: Zacharias D'Cruz
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Maharaja of Bharatpur Jaswant Singh - 1870

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
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Portrait of a Toda Man from the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu - 1871

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Aug 26, 2011

Studio Photograph of an Indian Lady in Sari

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Portrait of an Indian Lady in Sari

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Indian Lady with Girl and Boy - 1930-40's

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Rural Wedding Procession - 1940

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Hindu Holy Man (Sadhu) - Silver Gelatin Photograph

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Aug 23, 2011

Portrait of Famous Playback Singer Geeta Dutt (1930-1972)

Geeta Dutt (23 November 1930 – 20 July 1972) was a prominent singer in India. She found particular prominence as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. She also sang many modern Bengali songs.
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K. Asif, Director of Epic Hindi Movie Mughal-e-Azam (1960) on the Sets of Sheesh Mahal

K. Asif (14 June 1922 – 9 March 1971) was a film director, film producer and screenwriter who was famous for his work for the Hindi epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

His directorial debut, Phool (1945), did very well at the box-office due to the casting of and portrayals by famous actors and actresses of the time such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote and Suraiya.

In 1944, Asif planned to make a film called Mughal-e-Azam based on the life and times of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great's court dancer, Anarkali, with Chandramohan in the male lead and the then upcoming actress Nargis in the female lead. However, in 1946, before the production of the film could begin, the male lead, Chandramohan, died.

At that time, Asif temporarily shelved the film until further notice. He produced his next venture, the film Hulchul, and released it in 1951. At that time, Asif recast Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead and began the production of the film in the same year. In 1960, after twelve years in production, Mughal-e-Azam was released and became a huge hit at packed cinema houses across India. With this film, Asif attained legendary status despite having only worked in three productions so far.

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Portraits of Famous Movie Actor Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar (October 1911 – 10 December 2001) was an Indian film actor. Born Kumudlal Ganguly in Bhagalpur, Bengal Presidency he attained iconic status in Indian cinema. He broke from the theatrical style then common in Indian film towards a more naturalistic method. Given his versatility and proven brilliance over five decades, he is considered by many to be one of the finest ever Indian actors.The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 1998 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. More in Wikipedia





Aug 22, 2011

Kota Temples and a Priest at Kotagiri in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu - 1871

Photographer: Unknown photographer from the Madras School of Arts
Source: British Library

Exterior of St Patrick's School, Karachi in Sind - 1873

Photographer: Michie and Company
Source: British Library

Exterior of the Parsi Virbaiji School, Karachi - 1873

Photographer: Michie and Company
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Prisoners Winding Cotton onto Spinning Wheels in the Prison at Karachi - 1873


Photographer: Mitchie and Company
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Kothee and Chudoo workers, potters of Ahmadabad in Gujarat - 1873

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Specimens of Silver Filigree Work Made by Sonars (Goldsmith Caste) from Cuttack in Orissa - 1873

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Photograph of a Cloth Stamper Seated at a Low Table on the Verandah of a House in Western India - 1873

Photographer: Shivashanker Narayen
Source: British Library

Aug 20, 2011

Girls' school at Karachi in Sind - 1873

Photographer: Michie and Company
Source: British Library

Aug 16, 2011

Famous Bengali Movie Actor Uttam Kumar with his Family - 1965

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Gold and Silver Wire and Thread Drawers at Work - 1873

Photographer: Shivashanker Narayen

The tinsel wires are made of silver, or silver coated with gold leaf, and made into a bar, which is then forced through a series of holes on a steel plate to obtain increasingly fine-gauged lengths. Traditionally the wire was then wound onto a reel, as seen in the photograph, attached at the other end to a jantar, another steel plate, which allowed for further refining of the gauge. Wires no thicker than a hair were obtained this way. A tola (180 grains of metal) usually produced 600 to 1,200 yards of wire. This product is used, sometimes together with silk, in a wide range of articles and garments. Examples of all the following were sent to the Vienna exhibition: turbans, saris, dresses, shoes, fringing, gold and silver lace, shawls, rugs and tablecloths. It was held that metal threads from India were less likely to tarnish than similar products from other sources.

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Indian Chatty (Pottery) Shop - 1873

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Potter at work at His Wheel and a Young Girl is Watching - Pune (Poona), Maharashtra - 1873

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Photograph of a Class in the Parsi Virbaiji School at Karachi in Sind - 1873

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Gold and Silver Tape Beater at Work - 1873

Photographer: Shivashanker Narayen

The worker here is beating gold and silver wires (tinsel) into flattened tape on a low anvil with a small hammer. The work is carried out extremely quickly and without missing any sections of the wire drawn off the holding reel. The tapes are used as decoration on a wide range of garments and may be sewn onto or threaded through woven fabrics. It was held that metal threads from India were less likely to tarnish than similar products from other sources.

Source: British Library