Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rare Photographs of Pandit Nehru

An incredible collection of rare old photographs of Pandit Nehru sent in by Man Mohan Munshi Ji. I have contributed three images - one that i found in 'Letters From a Father to His Daughter: Being the Brief Account of the Early Days of the World Written for Children' and two photographs taken by Homai Vyarawalla that I found in a Catalogue for a Photo Exhibition organized in year 1999 by Press Trust of India celebrating  50 years of its existence.

Update: I am adding some more rare photographs, mostly taken from a picture book on Nehru published in 1964 just after his death. Also I am adding photographs from some other resources too. By the time I am done, this is going to be the single biggest archive of Nehru Photographs on the web. Enjoy! 

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Nehru with parents Moti Lal Nehru and Swarup Rani

Yagnopveet (Sacred Thread) ceremony of Jawaharlal Nehru



As a cadet at Harrow
Bar at Law
 Behind Bars with Brother-in-Law Ranjit Pandit
After marriage with Kamala in 1916

With daughter Indira Priyadarshani in 1918
Kamala Nehru, Jawahar Lal Nehru and their daughter Indira. Found it in  'Letters From a Father to His Daughter: Being the Brief Account of the Early Days of the World Written for Children.'

At London with Lord Wavell, Congress and Muslim League leaders, 1946
 In conference with Lord Mountbatten, Congress and Muslim League Leaders . 1947
Utterly sad and exhausted looking Nehru Votes for partition, 1947
With Winston Churchill who remarked that Nehru had overcome two of greatest Human failings - "Fear and Hatred"
At London with Vijay Lakshmi Pandit,Indira Gandhi,Feroz Gandhi , Krishna Menon and others

Nehru with Albert Einstein

with Khrushchev
Riding a yalk in Bhutan, 1956
Encouraging trainees at Himalayan Mountaineering, Darjeeling 1957
In 1969 1962 with Jacqueline Kennedy. By Homai Vyarawalla.
At Delhi's Palam Airport alongside an ironic signboard. By Homai Vyarawalla.
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Pandit Nehru on board the first BOAC jet plane, on a 45-minute flight to Nanda Devi. Nehru is seen lighting the cigarette of the then Deputy High Commissioner's wife Mrs Simon. Shot bHomai Vyarawalla . 
Apparently, the plane burst in midair on it's second flight. Year, based on the year of the accident, probably 1953.

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Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor with Mr. Nehru. 1958 by Kewal Mehra.
 The story of how I came across it here.
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The following photographs are taken from a rare picture book on Pandit Nehru published in 1964 by Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd after Nehru's death. I managed to get my hands on the book from an ebay seller.

Throwing a pillow at some inattentive colleague during the debate, Avadi Congress, 1955.
Pandit Nehru on his Birthday in U.S.A. , 1961
At a children's gathering in Bombay, 1954
Showing his skill with cane at a performance by traditional swordsmen

Carrying a Samurai Sword. Visit to a Japanese Film Studio, 1957
Squatting on the threshold to the Banteay Srei temple in Indo-China, 1954
...more than 50 images to be uploaded  soon.

16 comments:

  1. Wow really very rare pictures..thanks a lot for sharing your treasures!!!

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  2. Very rare and marvellous collection. Hats off for your time and efforts into sharing with on WWW.

    Though i regret he belonged to KP commune, as he did nothing for teh community and rather the power he ahd and passed form Gandhi sir name to his future generation was and is being used against Nationalism and KP's had no profit of they being Powerful among Indian Regine....Right from PM to powerful posts liek Supreme court judges and Advocates :(
    Sad

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  3. I really like these picture; it is very interesting going into the past. I barely remembering him seeing when he visited our school(I think it was in 1953? in Eluru)we were told to throw rose petals as he walked. I also remember we all glued to radio listening his death and funerals in 1964.

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  4. There is a error in one of the photographs above with Jacqueline Kennedy the year mentioned is 1969 but Nehru expired in 1964

    However i must say these photographs of Nehru are really rare,excepting few never saw any of these photographs earlier

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  5. Thanks for pointing out. That photograph is in fact from 1962. Fixed it.

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  6. Enjoyed again looking at those pics.

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  7. Such a beautiful and rare collection of photos of Panditji! Thanks for putting it up!

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  8. I enjoyed reading your latest post.Good!

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  9. Hi Sir,

    Bow down to such an amazing collection. Do You have any unseen pictures of Amitabh Bachchan? Kindly help me with the same.

    Waiting for your response.

    Regards,
    Amit Shukla

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  10. Thank you for sharing. It shows the difference between the two (Gandhi & Nehru) one living the life of a normal Indian the other enjoying the riches

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  11. I am indeed glad to get an opportunity to access these historic photos which throw a glimpse on our former PM Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

    M. Natarajan

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  12. Hello Vinayak,

    This is a great compilation and indeed a lot of hard work has gone into it. Do you have any picture of sketch of Panditji with his original signature onto it.

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  13. Good work, kinda immpressive bt who r those personals u hv croped from ur main page of website. Plz reply n d reason behind

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