Photos from Chennai’s private collections explore India’s past, living news, Firstpost


The story of a nation as ancient and diverse as India is perhaps best told through its monuments, landscapes and people.

The story of a nation as ancient and diverse as India is perhaps best told through its monuments, landscapes and people. These photographs, which can be dated to the 1960s and 1970s, were originally taken for the Indian Department of Tourism. Their captivating subject matter and style quickly made them a collector’s item. Carefully sourced from private collections with credible origins, these photographs are part of Ashvita’s meticulously curated selection of works of art and collectibles, available online.

Hawa Mahal Jaipur, circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Himalayan landscape, circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Entrance to Lomas Rishi Cave at Barabar Hill, circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Sanchi Stupa, circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Building in Madras, possibly the Madras Gymkhana.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

River landscape near the Kangra Valley, circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Pandav Caves, Panchmarhi circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Portrait of Jagadeesan Cricket Club taken at Luz Studio Madras4, 1968.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Sculpture (possibly from a museum collection), circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Tomb of Sher Shah circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

View of Ajanta caves around 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

From Hawa Mahal to Kangra Valley Photos from private collections of Chennais explore India's past

Portrait of a girl and a baby (possibly from Kashmir), circa 1970.
Original photograph from a private collection in Chennai.

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Text by Kaveri Acharya.


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