Incredible Maharashtra
 
I would like to pay tribute to Mr. Lala Deen Dayal the pioneer of photography in India. Lala Deen Dayal left a brillant visual record of the lifestyle, events and monuments of late nineteenth century, displaying ingenuity and artistry, so that his photography were seen as expressions of fine arts, completing with traditional paintings and even replacing many other forms of painting art. He was encouraged by Sir Henry Daly, the agent to the Governor General for Central India, who assigned him the task of photographing the royal visit of the Prince of Wales in 1875. Impressed by his talent, Sir Henry took Deen Dayal along with him on his tour Bundelkhand. Eighty nine of his photographs of palaces, forts, and temples in Gwalior, Khajuraho, Rewa and Sanchi were splendidly reproduced by the Autotype cabon process in Sir Lepel Griffin's " Famous Monuments of Central India".  In 1893 his display of views of India received a special reward at the World Colombian Exposition in Chicago. In 1897, Lala Deen Dayal was granted the Royal Warrant appointing him Photographer to Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria. He traveled far and wide in India, visited all the important places of interest and took more than 6000 photographs, which is supposed to be the largest collection ever held by any single photographer, amateur or professional in those times. He expired in Bombay on 05th July 1905 at the age of 61.
Major part of his work now rests with the IGNCA, New Delhi.
Shail
5/30/2011 00:00:50

It is great to see you again, the start it self is looking gr8 to me, I wish this gets flooded with information from all the corners. Great job Roshan.

Shail.

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