Maharaja's Lost Abode: Princely Palaces in New Dehli

Maharaja's Lost Abode: Princely Palaces in New Dehli

Monday, 15 June 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
Deakin Room, Founder's Building, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Sumanta K Bhowmick (Independent Scholar)
Chair: 
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad
Convenor: 
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad

Sumanta K Bhowmick is an independent scholar based in New Delhi and has a doctorate in English Literature. Fascinated by the city and its making as India’s capital, he has researched the history of the princely palaces in Delhi and is the author of a forthcoming book on the subject. The palaces of the princely states of Hyderabad, Baroda, Patiala, Jaipur, Bikaner and 30 more stand as relics of the colonial era. Looking at the beauty of the palaces, questions haunt the beholders: Why did the British government allot prime land to the princely states and how? How did the construction come up and under whose design? Who occupied these palatial buildings and what were the events held there? The answers are many and point to the layers of relationship British India had with Princely India. The paper examines and attempts to answer the questions of allotment, pricing, location and architecture of the princely palaces in New Delhi.