Kulwant Roy

Posted by sepoy on November 24, 2009 · 1 min read

Who among us hasn't dreamed of unearthing rare historical treasures in old cast-aside trunks? Ok, maybe you haven't but I stay up all night dreaming such scenarios.

Jeremy Kahn, Kulwant Roy: Indian history in a yellow crate of negatives, NYT, Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

Also, some of the photos are on Outlook India. I especially loved this one, with the caption:
[Tons Of Joy: Wrestling champ 'Daula' pins down his English adversary 'Clark', to the patent dismay of the referee, at a fundraiser for the Lahore Warplanes Fund, the Police Spitfire Fund and the Minto Park Fund, in Lahore in the late 1930s]

[h/t qalandar and sundeep]


Nikolai | November 24, 2009

nice. reminds me of lagaan for some reason

Qalandar | November 24, 2009

Love the joy on the face of the spectator who can be seen behind the triumphant wrestler's left leg...

Rohit Chopra | November 24, 2009

Many thanks Sepoy! Great stuff- perfect for a class on visual culture and nationalism. I am thinking of WJT Mitchell's wonderful essay, "What do pictures want?" Perhaps, we should have a discussion on CM about what rare, recently discovered pictures such as these want from us as viewers/ readers / audiences? Best Rohit

elizabeth | November 25, 2009

Marvelous stuff, and I echo Rohit's endorsement of Mitchell's question.