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Maharaja’s Banquet British India Era – Old Photo 1930

This is a vintage photograph of a western-style banquet in honor of a maharaja dating to 1930. In the British India days grand banquets, feasts, dinners, and so on were common. The Maharajas and other royalty fraternized with the British gentry and the elite had no hesitation in hosting them. Many of them with pomp and pageantry like the banquets of Kapurthala, Baroda, Mysore, etc.

One of the occasions is as seen in this old photograph. The gathering seems to be honoring a maharaja possibly of Indore. Not sure of the exact occasion but perhaps a state visit by the Indian royal. This excellent night time photo shows a mixed gathering of seemingly the elite, of English gentry and Indian royalty. The hall looks tastefully furnished with expensive chandeliers, tableware, and floral settings. 

Read more- A look at the splendour of royal life. See my posts- Vintage Photograph Maharaja of Bikaner with Lord Mountbatten., and Old Photograph – Viceroy of India Tiger Hunting Party Gwalior 1914

Did you know- the maharajas had an appetite for every kind of jewelry, when the British refused to let them wear western-style crowns, they simply wore tiaras over their turbans.

From the collection-  2 Vintage Postcards – Bombay Fort Traffic Scene 1942.,  1808 The Baby Elephant Antique Print From Buffon.,  Mumbai Suburban Line Electrifies – Old Print 1926

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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8 x 6 inches

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British photographer