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North India

A journey across north India from the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir to the iconic architecture of Rajasthan.

From the far north of India there’s breathtaking colour home movie of an expedition to Ladakh and its capital Leh. Heading south we travel via the former colonial summer capital of Shimla, through remarkable colour footage of Amritsar in 1947 to vibrant footage from across Rajasthan’s towns and cities, before heading east to Delhi with films capturing the old city as well as the emergence of the new.

The collection includes films from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.

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North India

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Indian Procession
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Indian Procession 1902

Decorated elephants with howdahs, and troops on foot and horseback.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Delhi 1946
Delhi 1946
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Delhi 1946 1946

8mm amateur film of India on the eve of Independence.

13 mins United Kingdom

View Ruins of Delhi
Ruins of Delhi
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Ruins of Delhi 1910

Attractive travelogue filmed in and around Delhi's Qutb complex.

3 mins France

View Scenes of the Delhi Camp
Scenes of the Delhi Camp
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Scenes of the Delhi Camp 1911

A look at the 1911 Delhi Durbar - with a look back at its 1902 predecessor

2 mins United Kingdom

View Rajputana Jhawalar Bundi & Katakali Dancers
Rajputana Jhawalar Bundi & Katakali Dancers
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Rajputana Jhawalar Bundi & Katakali Dancers 1940

A trip to the spectacular city of Bundi and a Kathakali dance performance, filmed in vivid colour by 'envoy of the Raj' Clarmont Skrine.

11 mins United Kingdom

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New Delhi
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New Delhi 1928

The wonders of modern and family life as the Viceroy's private secretary

15 mins United Kingdom

View The Craster Family at Jotwara
The Craster Family at Jotwara
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The Craster Family at Jotwara 1934

An elephant ride and a regal garden party in 1930s Rajasthan

11 mins United Kingdom

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Pageant of the Sun-god
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Pageant of the Sun-god 1934

An orderly procession, complete with elephants, makes its way through Udaipur, Rajasthan.

10 mins United Kingdom

View Delhi - Jubilee Review 1935; Jaipur: Jotwara
Delhi - Jubilee Review 1935; Jaipur: Jotwara
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Delhi - Jubilee Review 1935; Jaipur: Jotwara 1935

Amateur footage of Delhi and Jaipur, from a military review to an atmospheric torchlit procession - and some armour-plated elephants

12 mins United Kingdom

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Monkey Dance
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Monkey Dance 1935

A young troupe from Kuki village in Manipur rehearse a dance as monkeys, to the beat of a drum

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Native Life in Bundi
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Native Life in Bundi 1935

Home movie snapshots of street life in Rajasthan, courtesy of Colonel George Craster

7 mins United Kingdom

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Ajmer 1937

Vivid home movie showing street life in the Indian city of Ajmer and a festival in nearby Pushkar

9 mins United Kingdom

View A Central Indian Town: Udaipur
A Central Indian Town: Udaipur
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A Central Indian Town: Udaipur 1937

Life in Udaipur in Rajasthan, with shots of temples, markets and busy streets.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Country Life
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Country Life 1928

Rural India seen through the idiosyncratic eyes of the Hunter family

18 mins United Kingdom

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Kashmir
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Kashmir 1941

An astonishing view of street life in pre-partition Srinagar and Kashmir

10 mins United Kingdom

View Nanga Parbat. The Naked Goddess
Nanga Parbat. The Naked Goddess
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Nanga Parbat. The Naked Goddess 1942

A caravan ascends the heights by the Neelum river or Kishanganga river; with views of the Rupal Glacier (or Tashain Glacier).

4 mins United Kingdom

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Delhi Durbar
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Delhi Durbar 1911

The coronation of George V as King-Emperor at the Imperial Durbar of 1911

15 mins United Kingdom

View India - Udaipur Spring Festival
India - Udaipur Spring Festival
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India - Udaipur Spring Festival 1946

Ethereal colour views of the magical city of Udaipur during its spring festival celebrations

4 mins United Kingdom

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Boat Repairs - Sunderbans
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Boat Repairs - Sunderbans 1935

Stunning colour footage showing colonial life in the hills of Assam and bustling activity on the lakes below

8 mins United Kingdom

View The Delhi Durbar 1902
The Delhi Durbar 1902
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The Delhi Durbar 1902 1902

One of the earliest films to be screened throughout India upon the accession of Edward VII as Emperor of India

4 mins United Kingdom

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Indian Scene of Procession
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Indian Scene of Procession 1902

Stately scenes in India, likely filmed during the 1903 Delhi Durbar

2 mins France

View Lord Willingdon in India
Lord Willingdon in India
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Lord Willingdon in India 1930

Life for the Viceroy of India in the 1930s - captured in his own home movie

12 mins United Kingdom

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A Punjab Village
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A Punjab Village 1925

Richly detailed amateur ethnographic film on the agrarian economy and society in rural Punjab

14 mins United Kingdom

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Our Greatest Ambassador 1922

Richly detailed record of the Prince of Wales' Indian tour, 1921-22.

30 mins United Kingdom

View Kashmir, Rangoon, Inle Lakes
Kashmir, Rangoon, Inle Lakes
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Kashmir, Rangoon, Inle Lakes 1928

A tour of Kashmir and Kabul (Afghanistan) in 1928, showing camel racing, hunting with elephants, and yogic fire swinging

8 mins United Kingdom

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Khyber Pass; Kashmir; Agra
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Khyber Pass; Kashmir; Agra 1928

Romantic, atmospheric travelogue capturing some of northern India’s most iconic places – not least the Taj Mahal.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Simla - Maharajah Kumar
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Simla - Maharajah Kumar 1928

From Sir Conrad Corfield's collection, this film shows scenery around Simla, wrestling and a visit by the Maharajah Kumar.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Polo at Patna: Leopard Shoot
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Polo at Patna: Leopard Shoot 1928

Amateur film of a polo match at Patna, Bihar, followed by scenes of elephants and a leopard hunt.

8 mins United Kingdom

View Procession of Elephants at Jaipur; Galta; Raj Mahal
Procession of Elephants at Jaipur; Galta; Raj Mahal
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Procession of Elephants at Jaipur; Galta; Raj Mahal 1933

Armoured elephants, sacred monkeys and a camel carriage feature in Col. George Craster’s home movie despatch from Rajasthan

9 mins United Kingdom

View In the Arena
In the Arena
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In the Arena 1934

Scenes in Udaipur, Rajasthan, including the watering of the state elephants and a fight with a tiger.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Barkas

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Delhi Durbar
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Delhi Durbar 1902

Let the pageantry commence! Aristocracy, army, elephants and more mark the start of the 1903 Durbar.

2 mins United Kingdom

View India - Seraj Tour
India - Seraj Tour
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India - Seraj Tour 1932

Join the Gorrie family and students from the Forest Research Institute on an expedition into India's Seraj hills

11 mins United Kingdom

View Irrigation Scenes in India
Irrigation Scenes in India
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Irrigation Scenes in India 1935

Amateur footage of dams and canals in what is now Pakistan

3 mins United Kingdom

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Delhi
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Delhi 1938

Technicolor tour of Delhi shot by Jack Cardiff

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Hans M. Nieter

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A Village in India
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A Village in India 1938

Technicolor scenes in rural Rajasthan, shot by the great Jack Cardiff

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hanau

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Shillong Scenes
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Shillong Scenes 1932

Golf - and other pursuits - in the 'abode of clouds'

19 mins United Kingdom

View Wandering Tigers in North India
Wandering Tigers in North India
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Wandering Tigers in North India 1935

Tigers in the Himalayan foothills, filmed by famous hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett

17 mins United Kingdom

View Delhi to the North West Frontier
Delhi to the North West Frontier
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Delhi to the North West Frontier 1935

Amateur film featuring government buildings in Delhi, a shooting party in Malakand and winter in Abbottabad

14 mins United Kingdom

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Ladakh
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Ladakh 1941

A stunning trek from the vale of Kashmir, via Sind Valley and Kargil and Lamayaru Monastry

8 mins United Kingdom

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Simla and Lahore
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Simla and Lahore 1933

Amateur film of street scenes, including the Simla Kalka railway, Badshahi Mosque and a Governor's farewell party

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Simla Scenes: Indian Viceroy at Lahore
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Simla Scenes: Indian Viceroy at Lahore 1931

An intimate insight into the servant culture and lifestyle of the Viceroy of India and family, as they visit Simla (Shimla) and Lahore

9 mins United Kingdom

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India - Hardwar c.1931
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India - Hardwar c.1931 1931

Amateur shots of pilgrims and temples at Haridwar, followed by rural scenes and the Gorrie family at home.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Delhi Durbar Dawns
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Delhi Durbar Dawns 1912

Dignitaries including the Nizam of Hyderabad gather to celebrate the Durbar in honour of George V, who arrives by boat in Bombay (now Mumbai).

2 mins United Kingdom

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Hillmen Go to War
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Hillmen Go to War 1944

The contribution of the people of the Kullu Valley to the Second World War effort.

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Children of the Jungle
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Children of the Jungle 1939

Documentary about the Bhil tribal people of central India, produced by the British-owned Times of India.

21 mins India

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Indian Background
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Indian Background 1946

Progress vs. tradition in India, comparing rural traditions to developments in industry and science.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Glimpses of India
Glimpses of India
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Glimpses of India 1929

Indian travelogue featuring the famous sights and rural life, from Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) to the Khyber Pass.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Historic Mutiny Sites
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Historic Mutiny Sites 1914

Sixty years after the event, this travelogue indicates the continued potency of the Indian Mutiny to the British in India.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Delhi & The North
Delhi & The North
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Delhi & The North 1947

Grand buildings and missionary work come together in the 1947 Indian tour of construction magnate John W. Laing.

12 mins Great Britain

View Coronation Durbar at Delhi
Coronation Durbar at Delhi
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Coronation Durbar at Delhi 1902

Pomp and circumstance marking the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Indian Durbar
Indian Durbar
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Indian Durbar 1940

The "rich and vivid spectacle" of the Durbar held for the Maharaja of Alwar is captured in gorgeous Technicolor by Jack Cardiff in this travelogue.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hanau

View India - Lyle Personal Film 2 - C. 1940
India - Lyle Personal Film 2 - C. 1940
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India - Lyle Personal Film 2 - C. 1940 1940

Family life in colonial India – amateur footage of a little girl with her British mother and Chinese amah

2 mins United Kingdom

View India - Personal Film 3 - C. 1941
India - Personal Film 3 - C. 1941
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India - Personal Film 3 - C. 1941 1940

Family life in colonial India – amateur footage of a little girl with her British parents and the children of other colonial families

2 mins United Kingdom

View Royal Visit to India and Nepal
Royal Visit to India and Nepal
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Royal Visit to India and Nepal 1922

Edward, Prince of Wales, visits India and Nepal and goes on a tiger hunt.

6 mins United Kingdom

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