Colonial history

Keep calm and curry on: Culinary culture in Colonial India

A common comedic trope in movies and TV shows is a white person fuming and wheezing after eating something remotely flavourful. This, along with the common belief that British food is bland, soggy and...

The State Entry into Delhi : Painting and Poetry at the Delhi Durbar of 1903.

This iconic painting titled 'The State entry into Delhi' from the collection of the Victoria Memorial Hall (Kolkata), shows a ceremonial procession held as part of the 1903 Delhi Durbar. This was the grand...

Delhi Durbar of 1911: All you wanted to know !

The Delhi Durbar of 1911 represents a significant moment in Indian history. Hosted on December 12, 1911 it was the third (and last) of a series of formal coronation events held by the British...

How Indian printed and painted cotton textiles (chintz) changed the world!

For thousands of years, Indian textiles have been 'objects of desire' across the world, renowned for their rich craftsmanship and unique aesthetic. From heavy calicoes to light muslin, Indian cotton manufacturing was varied and...

The ‘Jaipur Procession’ that inspired the world’s second largest oil painting

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes but whoever said ‘less is more’ has clearly not set their eyes on this painting! Measuring 196" x 274", this is Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin’s pièce de...

The fascinating story behind this 19th century portrait of three princesses from Mysore

This portrait, painted by the Irish-born painter Thomas Hickey, marks a crucial point in India's colonial history, and Mysore, in particular. In the painting, you see Pattamahisi Devajamanni, the senior-most Queen of Mummadi Krishnaraja...
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