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three women in bathing suits sitting next to each other
The First Miss Universe Pageant, 1952
The First Miss Universe Pageant, 1952. Lovely Miss India, Indrani Rahman, a classical dancer of Indian style which she popularized in the west, and later settled in New York in 1976.
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Nautch (dancing) girl
an old black and white photo of a man wearing a turban with long hair
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Clarence Comyn Taylor or Benjamin Simpson [?]: Kus or Khas, Goorkha, dominant tribe, Nipal. (From 'The People Of India', Volume 2, 1868-1875)
an old black and white photo of a woman with a shawl on her head
Various Vintage Photographs of Indian Nautch (Dancing) Girls
Various Vintage Photographs of Indian Nautch (Dancing) Girls - Old Indian Photos
an old photo of a man standing in front of a table with a cloth draped over his head
photography
Pakistan 1870s
an old photo of two people sitting next to each other at a table with flowers on it
No You Shut Up
Portrait of two boys by Hurrichund Chintamon exhibited in the Paris Exhibition of 1867 and part of the Archaeological Survey of India. Both boys are wearing the characteristic elaborate turban of the Akalkot Marathas, the princely and military order of the former Hindu kingdom of Maharastra in central India (now in the modern state of Maharashtra).
an old black and white photo of ruins in the desert
Martand Sun Temple was dedicated to Surya (Sun) god and is now in ruins. The ruins of the temple are located near Anantnag in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Girls wearing jewellery, from the Bengal collection at the International Exhibition of (1872) Studio portrait of two young women at Lucknow taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1872, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The girls in the photograph are seated on rugs and posed to show front and rear views. They may be dancers, as shown by the anklets of small bells they are wearing. Instagram, Indian Women, Indian Fashion, Traditional Sarees, Indian Aesthetic
Girls wearing jewellery, from the Bengal collection at the International Exhibition of (1872)
Girls wearing jewellery, from the Bengal collection at the International Exhibition of (1872) Studio portrait of two young women at Lucknow taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1872, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The girls in the photograph are seated on rugs and posed to show front and rear views. They may be dancers, as shown by the anklets of small bells they are wearing.
three women sitting on top of a table next to each other
Various Vintage Photographs of Indian Nautch (Dancing) Girls
Studio portrait of three dancing girls taken by Nicholas & Curths in 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This photograph was shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. The girls in the photograph are dancers as shown by the anklets of small bells they are wearing that jingle as their feet hit the floor in time to the music.
an old photo of a woman standing in front of a chair with a blanket over her head
Portrait of a Muslim girl from Sindh, showing method of wearing ear and nose rings, necklace and anklets Creator: Photographer : Michie and Company pany | Date: [1870] ; c. 1870Full-length standing studio portrait of a Muslim girl from Karachi in Sind, Pakistan, taken by Michie and Company in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is one of a series of photographs commissioned by the Government of India in the 19th century, in order to gather information about th
The son of H.H. Chunnasee Rajoonath Pant by Bourne and Shepherd in the late 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The youth in this photograph is holding a sword, leaning a against a banister rail beside a sculptural ornament of a horse and archer. .
The son of H.H. Chunnasee Rajoonath Pant by Bourne and Shepherd in the late 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The youth in this photograph is holding a sword, leaning a against a banister rail beside a sculptural ornament of a horse and archer. .
an old fashion photo of a woman sitting at a table with a bowl on it
Madras girl wearing jewellery, from the International Exhibition of 1872
Full-length studio portrait of a seated girl wearing jewellery, from Madras in Tamil Nadu, taken in c. 1872, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Many examples of jewellery from India were shown at the London Universal Exhibition of 1872 and this photograph may have been one of those exhibited to demonstrate the way it was worn. The girl is wearing the fine ceremonial sari and jewelled head-dress worn by a bride on her wedding day.
an old black and white photo of people in native garb posing for the camera
Mahabat Khan, the Nawab of Junagarh, seated in the centre of a large group of officials and servants, taken in the 1870s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The heir-apparent and later Nawab Bahadur Khan is seated to the right, and the Minister Sheikh aha-ud-din to the left.
an old black and white photo of people in front of a castle
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Fort at Gohad. This print was taken in 1869 by George Edward Herne and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (India Office Series). The photograph, looking across the Vaisali river, shows the exterior fort walls at Gohad about 24 miles north-east of Gwalior.
an aerial view of the tajwam in india, with trees surrounding it
Mahal,T. 1868, Archaeological Survey of India, google cultural institute, viewed 10 march 2014. http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/?gclid=CLLR6v7zhr0CFQESpAodEx0A3g#!asset-viewer:l.id=egFGMafq3-3TBg&projectId=art-project&urlStub=Taj%20Mahal
an old black and white photo of people sitting around a table
Pupils in classroom in the Anglo-Vernacular School, Karachi Creator: Photographer : Michie and Company | Date: [1873] ; c. 1873 Photograph of pupils in the classroom in the Anglo-Vernacular School at Karachi in Sind in Pakistan from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by Michie and Company in 1873. This photograph of a small group of pupils seated round a table, with the teacher standing beside the globe on the right
an old photo of a building in india
Close view of kiosk or chhatri above reception room of the Jodh Bai Palace, Fatehpur Sikri
Photograph of the Jodh Bai Palace at Fatehpur Sikri, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is view of a chhatri, or kiosk, above the reception room of the Jodh Bai Palace, at Fatehpur Sikri, the Mughal Emperor Akbar's palace-city complex, built between 1571 and 1585. The palace was part of the Haram Sara (Imperial Harem), which comprised a large number of buildings and apartments for the ladies of the court. The Jodh Bai Palace was the l
an old black and white photo of a building with a dome on it's roof
Photograph of Mirza Jani Beg's Tomb at Thatta in Sind, Pakistan, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India in the 1870s.
an old black and white photo of a group of people in front of a building
An 1873 photograph of pupils and teachers of a convent School in Pune (from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections) #Pune
an old photo of a building with intricate carvings
Close view of pierced stone window in the Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus, Gwalior 10031464
Photograph of the Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Bourne and Shepherd around 1883, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Muhammad Ghaus was a celebrated Muslim saint who died in 1563. His tomb dates from c.1565 and is a fine example of early Mughal architecture from the reign of Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605). It is situated near the great hill fortress of Gwalior, held by the Mughals between the 16th and 18th centuries. The tomb is a square stone buildi
an old black and white photo of a building
Close view of base of minaret of the Naguna Masjid, Champaner
Photograph of the base of the minaret of the Nagina Masjid at Champaner in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s for the Archaeological Survey of India. The ruined city of Champaner is situated north-east of Ahmadabad. It was a stronghold of Rajput kings until the Sultanate ruler Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) took the city in 1484. Mahmud founded a new city at Champaner and moved his capital there. The Nagina Masjid, or Jewel Mosque, dates to the mid-16th century and is situated just north
an old photo of a tower on top of a hill
Shankaracharya Temple on the summit of Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon), near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir - 1868 Photograph of the Shankaracharya Temple on the summit of Takht-i-Suleiman (Throne of Solomon), near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by John Burke in 1868. This view was reproduced in Henry Hardy Cole's Archaeological Survey of India report, 'Illustrations of Ancient Buildings in Kashmir,' (1869), in which he wrote, 'The Takt-i-Suliman Hill overlooks Srinagar, the capit...
an old photo of various items on display
Hindu Cosmos
Jewellery, Ranganathaswamy Temple 1895 Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India . Photograph of an arrangement of temple jewellery from the Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1896-98. (via British Library)
an old black and white photo of a temple
Photograph of the Subrahmanyaswami shrine in the Ekambreswaraswami Temple at Kanchipuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections:Madras,1896-98.
an old black and white photo of the inside of a building with arches, pillars and doorways
Close view of pendentives of arches in the interior of the Mosque of Muhammad Ghaus Gwaliari, Ahmadabad
Photograph of the interior of Muhammad Ghaus Gwaliari's Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This mosque was built in c.1565 by the saint Shaikh Muhammad Ghauthu'l Alam of Gwalior. The interior is divided into squares by two rows of pillars connected by arches with carved pendentives, which support the almost flat domes. This view shows the carved detail on one of the pendentives of the arches.
an old black and white photo of a tall building
Hindu Cosmos
Margasahayeshvara Temple, Entrance gopura 1875 Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Margasahayeshvara Temple at Virinchipuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870. The Margasahayeshvara or Marghabhandu Temple was built in the Aravidu style of Tamil Nadu in the 16th century. (via British Library)
a group of men sitting on top of a rug next to each other
The Durbar group of Sur Singh, Thakur Sahib of Palitana in Gujarat, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The thakurs of Palitana belong to the same family of Gohel Rajputs as that of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Sur Singh succeeded to the throne in 1860 and on his death in 1885 he was succeeded by his eldest son Mansingh. The ruler is pictured seated in the centre of large group of officials and retainers.By Rohit Sonkiya
an old photo of a statue in the middle of a building with carvings on it
visual reverence
centuriespast: Photograph of a close view of a pillar with sculptured animal from the Pudu Mandapa at the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple in Madurai from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Nicholas and company in c.1882. The British Library
Photograph of a group posed in front of the Government Normal School at Bombay, in Maharashtra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections India Dress, Indian Look, India Fashion, India Clothes, Indian Women Fashion
Dressing the Indian woman through history
Photograph of a group posed in front of the Government Normal School at Bombay, in Maharashtra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections
an old photo of ruins in the desert
Persecution of Hindus - Wikipedia
Somanatha Temple Prabhas Patan, Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes in c.1869
an old photo of the interior of a temple
Photograph of a sculpture at the south end of the verandah of the Indra Sabha rock-cut temple at Ellora, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Mack Nepean in 1868. The British Library
an old photo of two stone pillars in the dirt
Photograph of the ancient railing around the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1880-81. The Mahabodi Temple complex is one of the holy sites related to the life of Buddha as it is the place where he attained Enlightenment.
an old black and white photo of several people sitting in front of a group of dolls
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Photograph of a girls' school at Bombay in Maharashtra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46)
an old black and white photo of a woman sitting on a chair with a baby
Portrait of a South Indian Woman and Child, Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu - c.1867
Photograph of a South Indian woman and child, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections - 1867 - Old Indian Photos
an old black and white photo of a man in a turban sitting on a chair
Bombay Photo Images[ Mumbai]
Three-quarter length seated portrait of Khan Bahadur Padanjee Pestonjee, Member of the Legislative Council, Bombay (Mumbai). This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Parsees, or Parsis, are descendants of Persians who fled to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution. The Parsis are Zorastrian, often described as fire-worshippers. However, they do not worship fire, instead they revere
an old black and white photo of a man sitting in front of a building
Chandranath Shiva Temple (Hetampur) from the collection of British Library. Photograph of the Chandranatha-Shiva Temple in Hetampur, West Bengal from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. The Chandranatha Shiva temple is an extraordinary example of temple architecture. The octagonal-pinnacled shape is rarely used for temples and creates a striking effect. The exterior panels are heavily carved with geometric designs
an old black and white photo of people standing in front of a large building next to a body of water
This photograph of the Bihar museum was taken in the 1870s. Although it was credited to 'Dr Simpson', their is a strong possibility that it was taken by Joseph David Beglar. The photograph is part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections and shows the museum buildings across a pool with a ghat positioned in front.
two horses standing in front of an old building
This photograph of the minor shrine of the Ravaneshvara temple, Deoghar (or Baijnath), in Sonthal Parganas was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1872-73 and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections.
an old black and white photo of a lake
Bangladesh
Photograph of the Khas Nagar Talao, Sonargaon, near Dhaka in Bangladesh, Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by W.Brennand in 1872. Source: British Library (bl.uk) http://www.oldindianphotos.in