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Panorama of Calcutta, India, from the River Ganges
Panorama of Calcutta, India, from the River Ganges

Panorama of Calcutta, India, from the River Ganges 1899

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Panorama of Calcutta, India, from the River Ganges 1899

1 mins United Kingdom

This is one of the earliest films to be shot in India, apparently showing the Kolkata (Calcutta) ghats as seen from the perspective of a boat travelling along the Hooghly river, a tributary of the Ganges. However, although the film's title states that this is Calcutta, the footage was in fact shot in the holy city of Varanasi (also on the Ganges), some 400 km to the north west.

The error is not the fault of the archivists - the film appears under that title in the Warwick Trading Company's catalogues. The same catalogue shows other films - now lost - from around Calcutta, which were presumably shot by the same cameraman on the same trip, and may explain the confusion.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Rivers Calcutta British Raj

Collection

India on Film: 1899-1947 East and North-East India

Released

1899

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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