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Talk: Princely Palaces in New Delhi

Talk: Princely Palaces in New Delhi

 Quick Info
India Habitat Center,​
Gulmohar Hall,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Meeting Time 4/2/2016 6:30:00 PM
Meeting Point Gulmohar Hall
Nearest Metro Jor Bagh
(900 mts.)
 Charges None
 Type Heritage Durbar (Talk)
 Speaker Sumanta Bhowmick
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Apr 2

Talk: Princely Palaces in New Delhi India Habitat Center
When: 07:00 PM

4/2/2016 7:00:00 PM 4/2/2016 9:00:00 PM 68 Talk: Princely Palaces in New Delhi This session introduces you to the Princely Palaces in the New capital established by the British India Habitat Center Youth for Heritage Foundation false DD/MM/YYYY

About the Event

Rajas and maharajas from all over the British Indian Empire congregated in Delhi to attend the great Delhi Durbar of 1911. A new capital city was born—New Delhi. Soon after, the princely states came up with elaborate palaces in the “new” Imperial capital—Hyderabad House, Baroda House, Jaipur House, Bikaner House, Patiala House, to name a few. Why did the British government allot prime land to the princely states and how? How did the construction come up and under whose architectural design? Who occupied these palaces and what were the events held? What happened to these palatial buildings after the integration of the states with the Indian Republic?
Our Speaker's work delineates the story behind the story, documenting history through archival research, interviews with royalty and unpublished photographs from royal private collections. These princely palaces form an integral part of New Delhi’s urban topography. Built about a century ago for purposes that may not be of relevance anymore, these palaces are the relics of the past passed on to posterity, speaking of a time that was part of the continual process of knitting an unstitched destiny.
A colourful procession in full regalia, uniformed men guarding the palaces, fluttering flags of myriad hues, saxophones regaling the guests, the tinkling of wine glasses ... slip into a time-warp till you encounter the modern New Delhi.
This event is brought to you in association with Niyogi Books

About the Speaker

Sumanta K Bhowmick spent his early life in Bhagalpur before moving to Delhi to work in the Parliament, in 1996. He studied science and literature, and has written his doctoral thesis on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and Emily Dickinson. He has published books of translation, and has written research articles, short stories and essays for various journals.
Driving down to his office regularly through Central Vista triggered his imagination, taking him to the days when kings rode the roads of New Delhi, then the Imperial capital, and led him to the story of the princely palaces in Princes’ Park. His passion for the history of Delhi grew with friends in the group “Knowing and Loving Delhi Better” (KLoDB), walking together every Sunday. He has contributed to the plaques put up at Mandi House metro station and Cochin House. He has also delivered a lecture at the University of Oxford on the princely palaces in New Delhi.Sumanta loves the smell of books, food and tea. He lives in Delhi with his family.

How to Reach

By Car: From AIIMS, reach Safdarjung Tomb and turn right on Lodhi Road. Take another Right from the Islamic Centre on Lodhi Road. Turn left immediately into the (IHC) gates and park in IHC Basement.
If coming from Nizamuddin side, take the service lane from Airforce Bal Bharti School. Take left into the gates of IHC and park
By Metro: Get down at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and you may walk upto the IHC. Some may also choose to get down at Jor Bagh Metro Station or the Khan Market Station. A battery/auto rikshaw can help you reach the venue easily
By Bus: India Habitat Centre is a famous bus stop on Lodhi Road, well connected by many routes.
Once at India Habitat Centre, come to Gulmohar Hall on first floor opposite Stein Auditorium

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