Rare Photographs
 12 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Hampi : Eastern Gopura and Lamp Column, Vitthala Temple Complex - 1856

This photograph shows the eastern gopura and a monolithic lamp column, Vitthala temple complex, Hampi (Vijayanagara).

Vijayanagara, meaning ‘city of victory’ was the imperial capital of the last great Hindu empire to... Read More
 11 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Lyon wrote, 'About five miles from Tripatoor is situated Tircoostioor, a small village, with a very fine tank in front of the temple, as shown in this view' - 1868.

The Vishnu temple of Tirukkoshtiyur (Tirukkotiyur) is about 10 kms... Read More
 9 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Photograph of Brahmins (Pundits) in Delhi taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c. 1863.

The Brahmins, the priestly caste, were at the head of the caste system in India. This photograph, of a seated group of three men and a youth, is reproduced as illustration no. 200 in volume IV of John Forbes... Read More
 9 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Photograph of an Embroiderer in Delhi taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863.

This image of a man seated cross-legged at his embroidery frame is reproduced as illustration no.188 in volume IV of John Forbes Watson's 'The People of India' (1869), where it is captioned 'Scarfmaker'. The acco... Read More
 9 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Posed studio group of domestic servants at Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken by Nicholas & Curths in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections.

After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to record the vast divers... Read More
 9 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Dyers at work, Western India - 1873

Photograph of dyers at work in Western India, taken by Shivashanker Narayen in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to re... Read More
 9 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Bill collectors, Madras - 1870

Photograph of bill collectors at Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken by Nicholas & Curths in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. After photography was introduced into India in the 1840s it rapidly grew in popularity, particularly as a means to rec... Read More
 7 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Portrait of three Singpho people by taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the 1890s. The Singpho tribals of Assam are particularly associated with tea cultivation. In 1828, the Scottish trader Robert Bruce met with a chieftain of the tribe and was presented with a beverage brewed with a native plant. A... Read More
 7 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
This photograph shows a half-length portrait taken by an unknown photographer in the early 1860s of a Kochh Mandai girl, posed holding a broad-bladed agricultural knife and carrying a newly-harvested jack fruit on her head.

The precise location of this tribe's origin is unknown, though at the t... Read More
 7 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Kochh Mandai, Eastern Bengal - 1860

This photograph shows a half-length portrait of a man of the Kochh Mandai tribe holding a thick-bladed agricultural knife. The precise location of this tribe's origin is unknown, though at the time of this photograph they inhabited tracts of jungle to the no... Read More
 6 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
General view of Seetabaldee, or Nagpur, Central India - 1860

This view of Nagpur was taken in the 1860s by an unknown photographer. The modern city was established in the eighteenth century. However, the earlier history of the district is obscure with elements that can be dated as far back as ... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Travancore Maharaja's State Carriage in Trivandrum. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathaniel Curzon was Under Secretary of State at the F... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Ariyankavu Temple - 1900

Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Shastha temple, Aryankavu in the erstwhile Travancore State. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathaniel Curzon ... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Palace, Trivandrum taken by an unknown photographer in the 1900s. The photograph is from an album containing views of various locations in India, formerly in the collection of Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, (1850-1916), who was Commander in Chief o... Read More
 15 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Hariharesvara Temple, Harihar - 1855

Photograph of the Hariharesvara Temple at Harihar, taken by William Henry Pigou in 1855. The town of Harihar is situated on the right bank of the Thungabhadra river. The Harihareshvara temple is located in a large compound which includes the main temple and... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
View looking north from the Khwabagh, showing the Panch Mahal and the Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri - 1893

Photograph of the Diwan-i-Khas at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. This view looks due north from the Khwabagh (H... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
General view of the Astrologer's Seat from the Pachchisi Court, Fatehpur Sikri - 1893

Photograph of the Astrologer's Seat, Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, Edmund William Smith in 1893. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556... Read More
 13 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Rajput men playing the game of Puchesee; a photo by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, early 1860's.

Source: British Library Read More
 13 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Group of Marwaree men playing Pachisi, a photo perhaps by Taurines, c.1880's

Source: Columbia University Read More
 12 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Mysore State Anthem: Kayo Shri Gowri
By Akshay Chavan (Based on information provided by Mr. Raja Chandra of the Mysore royal family)

A national anthem is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by ... Read More