Title ID 8428Collection ID1195
Title[Indian Durbar]
CollectionEarly Films
KeywordsAnimals Royalty Celebrations Clothing Coronations Transport National Dress Uniforms
NationalIndia Asia
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration9 min. 22 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Footage of the 1903 Dehli Durbar, celebrating the coronation of George V.


Footage of the State entry into Dehli of Lord Curzon, the Viceroy, in 1903. The event proceeded the Durbar of George V in 1911. A procession of Indian princes on elaborately decorated elephants pass by the camera, flanked by troops. An Indian bagpipe marching band, foot soldier and soldiers on horseback follow. A carriage of passengers is seen. Footage is shot from behind troops that line the road.

From an elevated position, the Viceroy's carriage is seen. The procession walks slowly, watched by a large crowd. Maharajahs on elephants pass by, flanked by assistants and soldiers, some of whom carry ladders. Tents are visible behind. Participants salute during the march-past.

Contextual information

The Delhi Durbar was held in 1877, 1903 and 1911, to mark the coronation of the King and Queen at mass assemblies at Coronation Park, Delhi. The only Delhi Durbar attended by George V was in 1911. The world's press covered the event and film footage was incredibly popular, at cinemas in India and at home.

A kinemacolour two-and-a-half hour film titled With Our King and Queen Through India first screened in February 1912, hailed as Charles Urban's greatest achievement.

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