Vintage Nautch Photos

Quite a while ago, I blogged about Nautch and Devadasi photos from the collection of Prof. Francis Pritchett. This post is sort of like a part 2 of the earlier one. Here, I am posting some nautch photos that I found in Flickr. As much as possible, I have reproduced the images with proper attribution and under creative common license. 

Beautiful Baiji, colorized with Photoshop

Colorized with Photoshop. Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Folio from the book "From the Black Sea through Persia and India" by Edwin Lord Weeks, 1896. Image courtesy: British Library

Folio from the book “From the Black Sea through Persia and India” by Edwin Lord Weeks, 1896. Image courtesy: British Library

A European, probably Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), in Indian dress, smoking a hookah and watching a nautch in his house at Delhi. 1820. Image courtesy: British Library

A European, probably Sir David Ochterlony (1758-1825), in Indian dress, smoking a hookah and watching a nautch in his house at Delhi. 1820. Image courtesy: British Library

Group of Nautch Girls and Musicians [1860-1880]. Image Courtesy: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Group of Nautch Girls and Musicians
[1860-1880]. Image Courtesy: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Unknown Baiji, Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Unknown Baiji. Image courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Nautch, Rajasthan. Date Unknown. Image courtesy: adatta1461, Flickr

Nautch, Rajasthan. Date Unknown. Image courtesy: adatta1461, Flickr

Unknown Baiji. Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy, tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy, tutincommon, Flickr

Group of Nautch Girls, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 1920's. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

Group of Nautch Girls, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 1920’s. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

Rajeswari bai, Benaras. Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Rajeswari bai, Benaras. Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Image Courtesy: tutincommon, Flickr

Detail from "Nautch Entertainment by Man Singh in Honor of Lord Clyde, the Commander in Chief", by Egron Lundgren, 1859. Image courtesy: Jean-Francois Chenler

Detail from “Nautch Entertainment by Man Singh in Honor of Lord Clyde, the Commander in Chief”, by Egron Lundgren, 1859. Image courtesy: Jean-Francois Chenler

Mirza Bidar Bakht Safdar Khan at a Nautch Party, 1855. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

Mirza Bidar Bakht Safdar Khan at a Nautch Party, 1855. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

The son of Bahadur Singh watches a nautch, 1800. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

The son of Bahadur Singh watches a nautch, 1800. Image Courtesy: Asian Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art

From the book "Winter India", 1903. Image Courtesy: Internet Archive

From the book “Winter India”, 1903. Image Courtesy: Internet Archive

From the book ""Around the world with General Grant: a narrative of the visit of General U.S. Grant, ex-president of the United States, to various countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, in 1877, 1878, 1879." Image Courtesy: Internet Archive

From the book “”Around the world with General Grant: a narrative of the visit of General U.S. Grant, ex-president of the United States, to various countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, in 1877, 1878, 1879.” Image Courtesy: Internet Archive

A Nautch in the Palace of the Ameer of Sind, 1808. Image Courtesy: British Library

A Nautch in the Palace of the Ameer of Sind, 1808. Image Courtesy: British Library

3 responses to “Vintage Nautch Photos

  1. Hello. I am writing a paper on the global significance of classical Indian dance for an international publication and would like to include the very first image from this collection. It was mentioned that the pictures are from Prof. Francis Pritchet’s collection. Some of the images here say tutincommon, Flickr. Please let me know how I get permission to use this?

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