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South India

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.

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Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry)
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Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry)

Travelogue19144 mins

Gorgeously dreamlike colour images of (then) French India – present-day Puducherry

Uti 1925
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Uti 1925

Amateur film192515 mins

Snapshots of colonial life around Tamil Nadu, plus a visit to the Toda tribe

Sir John Laing Missionary Films  Madras & Ceylon
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Sir John Laing Missionary Films Madras & Ceylon

Amateur film194718 mins

Rare amateur footage of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka

Houseboating in Waltair
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Houseboating in Waltair

Amateur film192613 mins

The Uzielli family takes to the water in Visakhapatnam, southern India

Dancers at Trivandrum Gopinath
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Dancers at Trivandrum Gopinath

Amateur film19467 mins

Kathakali performance featuring the great Indian dancer Guru Gopinath, filmed in remarkable colour by ‘envoy of the Raj’ Clarmont Skrine

Cochin and Malarax
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Cochin and Malarax

Amateur film193018 mins

Amateur film capturing life and buildings in and around Kochi, in Kerala, south-west India.

Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1
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Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1

Non-Fiction19359 mins

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)
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A Day at St. Christopher College and School (Madurai)

Documentary192018 mins

Behind the scenes at a Chennai teachers training college

Through Fires of Persecution
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Through Fires of Persecution

Documentary drama193520 mins

A highly unusual docudrama, set in Tiruchirappalli, South India and filmed by a Methodist minister.

Mysore - Farming Scenes, Dussehra Festival and Mysore Zoo
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Mysore - Farming Scenes, Dussehra Festival and Mysore Zoo

Amateur film194016 mins

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
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Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Madras. Bangalore, Mysore and Hyderabad

Travelogue192218 mins

This official travelogue of a royal tour follows the Prince on a series of regimental displays and a tiger hunt.

Temples of India
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Temples of India

Travelogue193810 mins

Technicolor temple tour shot by the great Jack Cardiff

An Indian Scrapbook
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An Indian Scrapbook

Documentary194111 mins

Film star Sabu fronts this novelty travelogue.

Temples of South India
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Temples of South India

Travelogue19447 mins

South India's extraordinary 16th century Meenakshi temple town in Madurai, seat of an ancient civilisation

Fighting Leprosy in India  The Work of Dichpali
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Fighting Leprosy in India The Work of Dichpali

Documentary194515 mins

The work of southern India’s remarkable lepers' home, founded by Dr Isabel Kerr

Madras Mylapore - Tank and Religious Processions
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Madras Mylapore - Tank and Religious Processions

Amateur film193210 mins

The thronging streets of Chennai in festive mood are captured by this lively amateur film

Chief Guide at Hyderabad Rally
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Chief Guide at Hyderabad Rally

Amateur film19372 mins

Girl guides on parade at a rally in southern India attended by Olave Baden-Powell

The Work of the LMS in the Ministry of Healing. Scenes in Neyyoor. No.16
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The Work of the LMS in the Ministry of Healing. Scenes in Neyyoor. No.16

Documentary15 mins

The medical work of the London Missionary Society in various parts of India, Madagascar and elsewhere

Madras: The Grange, Adyar
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Madras: The Grange, Adyar

Amateur film192918 mins

Amateur film of colonial Madras (now Chennai)

Our Greatest Ambassador
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Our Greatest Ambassador

Non-Fiction192233 mins

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

Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.1
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Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.1

Amateur film19294 mins

Graphic images of the Muslim sect’s self-mutilation practices, filmed in late-1920s India.

Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.2
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Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.2

Amateur film19293 mins

More glimpses of the Muslim sect’s self-mutilation practices, filmed in late-1920s India

Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.3
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Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.3

Amateur film19303 mins

Further scenes of the Muslim sect’s self-mutilation practices, filmed in late-1920s India

Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.4
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Rafai Fakirs, Hyderabad - No.4

Amateur film19303 mins

Last of a series of films graphically depicting the Muslim sect’s self-mutilation practices in late-1920s India

India Rubber
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India Rubber

Documentary194411 mins

WWII propaganda film about natural rubber production in Travancore, southern India

Hyderabad - Cochin
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Hyderabad - Cochin

Amateur film194515 mins

A whistle-stop tour of Southern India by plane documenting life from Hyderabad, Mysore and down to the coastal town of Cochin.