Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kashmir around 1915

Photographs from 'Our summer in the vale of Kashmir' (1915) by Frederick Ward Denys.

A 'Bathing Spot' at Achabal. Interestingly, most other writers didn't given credit to Kashmiris when it came to bathing.

 Ruins of Avantipur
 Baramulla



 Bhaniyar or Buniar or Bhavaniyar Temple, on the road between Uri and Naoshera.

British Polo Team
 British Residency
 Camp Site at Chenar Bagh, a favorite of western tourists.
 Reverend C.E. Tyndale Biscoe being conferred Kaiser-i-Hind in 1912.

 Chenar Bagh
 "In all things be Men". CMS School, at Fateh Kadal.

Gate of Biscoe School, at Lal Chowk. 2008. [previously]
 Ekka
 English Church. Church = religious Freedom. Temple atop hill = autocratic power. These were less interesting and simple times!
 Food Bazar. [Check out rate of various commodities in Kashmir back then ]
 Gulmarg Entrance.
Gulmarg Entrance 2008

 Hari Singh.
His temple singers. 2009. Check the headgear.
 K2?
 Kanz and Mool being used for pounding rice. [Photograph by R.E. Shorter]
 Kashmiri Cricket team at Gulmarg (?)
 Fakir
Houseboat named 'Diana'.

Houseboat named Neil Armstrong. Over Dal. 2008.
Playing Saz-long. [Update: Photographer James Ricalton, 1903]
Musicians and Dancing girls (figure on left, in foreground, looks more like Bacha).
A Domestic Rice Mill: The charm of Kashmir is that it is distinctively itself. A walk through the bazaars, the huts and factories presents a living panorama of the India of the imagination. Here are to be seen the flashing colors, the turbaned heads and the picturesque groups of the populace at work and at play.
[Update: Photographer James Ricalton, 1903]


One more addition to the witches of Kashmir
Children weaving rugs
Killing the demons of Wular. .

River Lidar near Gulmarg
Lidar Valley above Pahalgam
Life around River Jhelum
Royal Post Tonga carrying mail
Martand
Mission Hospital

The Srinagar Club, always the scene of life and gaiety, has an ideal setting in the shade of a magnificent chenar grove on the mirrored waters of the Jhelum with the Takhat as a background.


Nishat Bagh
Temple of Pandrathan, when the tank was dry.
Plowing
Poplar Avenue. [Update: Photographer James Ricalton, 1903]

Rest house at Chakoti
Rest-house at Domel
Seventh Bridge or Saffa Kadal
Shankaracharya
Sher Garhi Temple. On right side of the image can be seen the dome of Gadhadhar Temple or Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha. [Details of the temple here]
Shisha Nag Glacier
No one in Kashmir is in hurry. What isn't done today will certainly be done tomorrow. But tomorrow is very slow in arriving.
Third Bridge on Jehlum, Fateh Kadal
The suspension bridge at Uri
View from Shankaracharya hill
Human Welcome. 'While many think that the present rulers of India only play at royalty, that their thrones are but pleasing conceits and their scepters empty baubles allowed to them by an indulgent overlord, the Maharaja of Kashmir is a free agent in all material things and the allegiance of the populace to him is very real.'

That note makes this image all the more ironic.
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6 comments:

  1. Impressive find. I like the comparison between the headgear of Hari Singh and the baba-jees :-)

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  2. Next time I hit the town...i am going to record the Babajees. Love the way they sing.

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  3. I now believe that some of these photogarphs are by MAURICE P. DUNLAP (certainly the 'human welcome sign').

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  4. Lidder river in Gulmarg !!! please do correct me on this. Dinesh

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  5. It a wonderful piece of work..
    A glimpse into past. I have spent all day in viewing these pictures.

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