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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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Indian Procession
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Indian Procession

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent

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

Delhi 1946
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Delhi 1946

Amateur film194615 minsSilent

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

King George the Fifth's Durbar Held to Proclaim Him Emperor of India
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King George the Fifth's Durbar Held to Proclaim Him Emperor of India

Non-Fiction19127 minsSilent

Patriotic dispatch from the grand celebrations to mark the start of George V's reign

Ruins of Delhi
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Ruins of Delhi

Interest film19104 minsSilent

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

Scenes of the Delhi Camp
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Scenes of the Delhi Camp

Non-Fiction19113 minsSilent

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

Rajputana, Jhalawar, Bundi & Katakali Dancers
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Rajputana, Jhalawar, Bundi & Katakali Dancers

Amateur film194011 minsSilent

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

New Delhi
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New Delhi

Amateur film192818 minsSilent

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

The Craster Family at Jotwara
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The Craster Family at Jotwara

Amateur film193411 minsSilent

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

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

Travelogue19349 mins

The Maharajah of Udaipur moves offices and the city erupts into colourful pageantry

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

Amateur film193512 minsSilent

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

Monkey Dance
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Monkey Dance

Amateur film19352 minsSilent

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

Native Life in Bundi
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Native Life in Bundi

Amateur film19359 minsSilent

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

Ajmer
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Ajmer

Amateur film19379 minsSilent

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

A Central Indian Town: Udaipur
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A Central Indian Town: Udaipur

School programme and Educational film19379 mins

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

Country Life
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Country Life

Amateur film192817 minsSilent

Rural India seen through the idiosyncratic eyes of the Hunter family

Kashmir
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Kashmir

Amateur film194112 minsSilent

An astonishing English tourist’s view of street life in pre-partition Srinagar and Kashmir

Nanga Parbat. The Naked Goddess
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Nanga Parbat. The Naked Goddess

Amateur film194212 minsSilent

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

Delhi Durbar
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Delhi Durbar

Non-Fiction191110 minsSilent

A film produced to celebrate the coronation of George V as King-Emperor at the Imperial Durbar of 1911.

India - Udaipur Spring Festival
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India - Udaipur Spring Festival

Amateur film19464 minsSilent

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

Delhi Durbar The State Entry into Delhi of Lord Curzon, The Viceroy, Accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught
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Delhi Durbar The State Entry into Delhi of Lord Curzon, The Viceroy, Accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent

Bring on the elephants! The spectacular opening of the 1902-03 Durbar

Boat Repairs - Sunderbans
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Boat Repairs - Sunderbans

Amateur film193511 minsSilent

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

The Delhi Durbar 1902-03
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The Delhi Durbar 1902-03

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent

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

Indian Scene of Procession
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Indian Scene of Procession

Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent

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

Lord Willingdon in India
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Lord Willingdon in India

Amateur film193012 minsSilent

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

A Punjab Village
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A Punjab Village

Documentary192514 minsSilent

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

Scenes on the River Jhelum, The Chief Waterway of Srinager, The Capital of Cashmere
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Scenes on the River Jhelum, The Chief Waterway of Srinager, The Capital of Cashmere

Travelogue19030 minsSilent

Impressive early tableaux at the riverbank in Srinagar

Our Greatest Ambassador
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Our Greatest Ambassador

Non-Fiction192233 minsSilent

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

Kashmir, Rangoon, Inle Lakes
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Kashmir, Rangoon, Inle Lakes

Amateur film192811 minsSilent

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

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

Amateur film19289 minsSilent

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

Simla - Maharajah Kumar
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Simla - Maharajah Kumar

Amateur film192816 minsSilent

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

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

Amateur film192816 minsSilent

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

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

Amateur film193312 minsSilent

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

In the Arena
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In the Arena

Travelogue193411 mins

In the princely state of Udaipur, elephants, wild tigers and boars are pitted against each other

Delhi Durbar
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Delhi Durbar

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent

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

India - Seraj Tour: Gorrie Personal Film No. 24
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India - Seraj Tour: Gorrie Personal Film No. 24

Amateur film193215 minsSilent

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

Irrigation Scenes in India
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Irrigation Scenes in India

Amateur film193514 minsSilent

Amateur footage of dams and canals in what is now Pakistan

Delhi
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Delhi

Travelogue193810 mins

Beautiful Technicolor tour of Delhi shot by the great Jack Cardiff

A Village in India
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A Village in India

Documentary193810 mins

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

Horse Artillery at Bihar and Orissa
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Horse Artillery at Bihar and Orissa

Amateur film192810 minsSilent

Amateur film surveying colonial life in eastern India

Shillong Scenes
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Shillong Scenes

Amateur film193219 minsSilent

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

Wandering Tigers in North India
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Wandering Tigers in North India

Amateur film193517 minsSilent

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

Ladakh
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Ladakh

Amateur film194325 minsSilent

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

Simla and Lahore
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Simla and Lahore

Amateur film193312 minsSilent

Evocative observational scenes of Simla (Shimla) and Lahore, including the gorgeous Shalimar Gardens and Anarkali Bazar.

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

Amateur film193113 minsSilent

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

India - Hardwar C.1931: Gorrie Personal Film No. 29
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India - Hardwar C.1931: Gorrie Personal Film No. 29

Amateur film193118 minsSilent

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

Grand Lodge Deputation to India
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Grand Lodge Deputation to India

Amateur film19277 minsSilent

Footage shot during an intrepid hunting trip in India

Delhi Durbar Dawns
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Delhi Durbar Dawns

Non-Fiction19125 minsSilent

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

Hillmen Go to War
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Hillmen Go to War

War19449 mins

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

Children of the Jungle
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Children of the Jungle

Documentary193920 mins

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

Indian Background
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Indian Background

Documentary19469 mins

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

Glimpses of India
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Glimpses of India

Travelogue192931 minsSilent

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

Historic Mutiny Sites
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Historic Mutiny Sites

Travelogue19145 minsSilent

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

Sir John Laing Missionary Films Delhi & The North
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Sir John Laing Missionary Films Delhi & The North

Amateur film194718 minsSilent

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

Coronation Durbar at Delhi
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Coronation Durbar at Delhi

Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent

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

Indian Durbar
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Indian Durbar

Documentary194011 mins

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.

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

Amateur film19402 minsSilent

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

Our King Emperor and Queen Empress Hold a Durbar in Delhi
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Our King Emperor and Queen Empress Hold a Durbar in Delhi

Non-Fiction19127 minsSilent

"Their Imperial Majesties" King George V and Queen Mary hold ceremonial court in Delhi.

Royal Visit to India and Nepal
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Royal Visit to India and Nepal

Non-Fiction19227 minsSilent

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

Bikaner
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Bikaner

School programme and Educational film19348 mins

A portrait of the 15th-century city in Rajasthan, located in the middle of the Thar desert.

Fair City of Udaipur
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Fair City of Udaipur

Travelogue19349 mins

Filmed in the days when Lake Pichola still contained water (the famous Lake Palace is now frequently beached), this 1930s portrait of one of Rajasthan's most beautiful and visited cities includes many of the famous sights.

India - Fatehpur, Chini and Pu c.1928
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India - Fatehpur, Chini and Pu c.1928

Amateur film192816 minsSilent

Join a trek through mountainous northern India and the Tibetan border region, and glimpse a ritual Buddhist ‘devil dance’

Awards Presented to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in India
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Awards Presented to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in India

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Colour footage shot in Delhi on the 1953 Everest expedition's return. Includes group receiving gold medals from Nehru and an official welcoming reception by the Indian Government.

Punjab States
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Punjab States

Amateur film195016 minsSilent

Amateur silent colour film by a British diplomat showing buildings and gardens in Lahore, New Delhi and Kashmir, ending with views of distant Mount Everest.

Peshawar, Kabul, Bamian, Herat, Meshed
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Peshawar, Kabul, Bamian, Herat, Meshed

Amateur film194313 minsSilent

1943 film of Peshawar, Kabul, Bamiyan, Herat and Mashhad; documenting a journey through the North West Frontier territories by British diplomat Clarmont Skrine during WWII.