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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Old India in Photographs Durable Link to this BLOG
Photography arrived in India through the Europeans in early 1900s, and photographs of the period are perhaps the most authentic record of social life, customs, attire, and street life of the time.

My dad was collector of such photographs, and indeed you see samples from our collection used throughout the site. (for documenting the periods before photography, we have used landscape paintings, sculptures, inscriptions, and period literature. Anyway...)

Recently I had an opportunity to visit the home of Dr. Rajeswari Chatterjee (a terrific lady BTW, more about her in another entry) and she had some fantastic photographs of her family. I didn't have good equipment or light to capture them, but thought that they spoke so much.

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Girls in Indian Drapes
Girls in Sarees, Old Mysore, circa 1920

Of course, y'all know the fantastic story of the following photograph...

© K. L. Kamat
When the Tiger was killed ...

Kamat Research Database: Old Photographs of India
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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Last Modified: 3/8/2006 5:41:58 PM

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