A journey through the temples of Tamil Nadu via Kerala to spectacular ceremonies and processions in Mysuru and Hyderabad.
In Tamil Nadu we watch Chennai’s remarkable temple car festival in 1932, see an extraordinary early colour film shot near Puducherry in 1914 and explore the temple architecture of Madurai. There’s colour footage of dancers in Thiruvananthapuram, a visit to the Jewish quarter of Kochi before heading north to watch spectacular processions in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The collection includes films from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry)
Gorgeously dreamlike colour images of (then) French India – present-day Puducherry
Dancers at Trivandrum Gopinath
Amateur film19467 minsSilent
Kathakali performance featuring the great Indian dancer Guru Gopinath, filmed in remarkable colour by ‘envoy of the Raj’ Clarmont Skrine
Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1
From the arrival of a new viceroy to street markets, this amateur film captures the diversity of life in colonial India
A Day at St. Christopher College and School (Madurai)
Behind the scenes at a Chennai teachers training college
Through Fires of Persecution
Documentary drama193520 minsSilent
A highly unusual docudrama, set in Tiruchirappalli, South India and filmed by a Methodist minister.
Mysore - Farming Scenes, Dussehra Festival and Mysore Zoo
Amateur film194016 minsSilent
Two sides of Mysore (now Mysuru): down to earth with the field workers and an Indian spectacle for the Maharaja
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Madras. Bangalore, Mysore and Hyderabad
This official travelogue of a royal tour follows the Prince on a series of regimental displays and a tiger hunt.
Fighting Leprosy in India The Work of Dichpali
The work of southern India’s remarkable lepers' home, founded by Dr Isabel Kerr
Madras Mylapore - Tank and Religious Processions
Amateur film193210 minsSilent
The thronging streets of Chennai in festive mood are captured by this lively amateur film
The Work of the LMS in the Ministry of Healing. Scenes in Neyyoor. No.16
The medical work of the London Missionary Society in various parts of India, Madagascar and elsewhere
Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.4
Amateur film19303 minsSilent
Last of a series of films graphically depicting the Muslim sect’s self-mutilation practices in late-1920s India
Hyderabad - Cochin
Amateur film194515 minsSilent
A whistle-stop tour of Southern India by plane documenting life from Hyderabad, Mysore and down to the coastal town of Cochin.