Colonial History

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Shreya Gupta
Living through the carnage of the 1857 Revolt, Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib’s was most pained at the ruin of his beloved city, Delhi. Interestingly, we find that while in his ‘official and published’ diary, ‘Dastanbuy’, he writes in support of the British (his then patrons), some personal letters…
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Aparna Andhare
Gift-giving has always played an importance role in cementing relationships. Here, we look at relationships of the political kind. The extravagant presentation by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur to the visiting Prince of Wales in February 1876 was as much a portrayal of Dhundaar as an…
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B.N. Goswamy
Back in 1875–76, the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, came on a tour of India. As a preparation, he had begun to learn about India through acquainting himself with Indian artefacts. His extended tour added to that collection with gifts he had received. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about the…
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B.N. Goswamy
The camera had made its appearance in India as early as 1840, just one short year after its invention was announced by Louis Daguerre in France. By the end of the 19th century, photography had become an 'Indian device'. But for the British, photographs of Indian subjects had become a kind of ‘…
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B.N. Goswamy
During her reign, Queen Victoria sent many gifts to Indian rulers such as Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab and Maharaja Ishwari Prasad Narain Singh of Benares. These gifts to Indian rulers and vice-versa are not only fascinating artefacts but also have interesting stories associated with them. Prof…
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Kevin Greenbank
This module explores the Cambridge South Asian Archive, which was set up in Cambridge in association with the South Asian Studies programme in 1964. This archive houses an extensive collection of private papers, archival photos, videos and oral history recordings, making it indispensable to those…
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Anju Bala
  The history of art schools in India can be traced back to the British era, as many of these schools were established by the British almost 170 years ago. In the second half of the 19th century, the British administration established art schools in the presidency capitals of Madras, Calcutta, and…
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