Mini documentaries from British ruled India

mini_documentariesCannot step out of home this weekend due to the rain? Wondering how to spend time indoors this weekend? Grab a cup of coffee & check out some of these hair-raising & jaw-dropping mini-documentaries on India produced during the British Raj.

These mini-documentaries (each lasting around 10 mins) try to showcase the rich & diversified culture of the wonder called India, which could neither be classified as a country nor a continent. Surprisingly some of the videos, despite being almost 100 years old, were produced in color (technicolor), which was very expensive back then. That alone is sufficient to suggest the extent to which British were fascinated by India, which was proudly showcased as their prized possession during colonial rule.

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While some of the videos are silent and accompanied with text captions, the rest have narration with elegant, energetic masculine voices, which was the norm those days for commentators and news-readers, along with classical jazzy music, adding more flair to the videos.

All the videos are available on Youtube, the links to which are as follows:

All India Olympics at Bangalore (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTOVGsLHgdM

Queen visits Bangalore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhqB-pkg90k

Duke visits Golden Jubilee of IISc Bangalore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0wO1QLCE64

Temples of India (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI-l-dn_hFA

A Road in India (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOsv6kWGxGI

Delhi (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiSFxKMO_2Q

Sacred Elephants of India (1934)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK3WfybMWko

Benares and the Ganges River (1931)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1U6YG1YYr0

A Punjab Village (1925)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aAdVenXVXs

Romance of India (1941)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwZ9LDYaC4U

Gateway To India, Bombay (1932)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8n_Aaog58

Colorful Jaipur (1932)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWKHlw1guAI

The Temple of Love (1932)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpXAUJIFT4s

Magic tricks in India (1930)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1JIeZi8n3E

Pope visits Bombay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qn__9BqS7U

Baroda (1930)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G74K-dh_8c

India – The Punjab (1940)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbQmY0Y5EAE

East of Bombay (1937)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAP9B_jfu48

Lion-Tiger fight (1946)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJhd4F6YO90

Rural India (1930)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm4hUO5nBrE

India (1951)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfWfA9hsNt0

Magicians of India (1950s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BW5329viMA

Heritage of India (1950s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIOtwfgQK8A

Mystic India (1950s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfJW92zBebo

Inside India (1950s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IQJxz-3vuc

I hope you will enjoy watching these mini documentaries of Pre-independent India from the British perspective.  Share them with your friends as well.

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