• Short Summary

    A SPLENDID PROCESSION WOUND THROUGH THE STREETS OF NEW DELHI EARLIER THIS WEEK TO BEGIN THE COLOURFUL CEREMONIES WHICH PRECEDED THE UNION OF TWO OF INDIA'S OLDEST AND WEALTHIEST FAMILIES.

  • Description

    A SPLENDID PROCESSION WOUND THROUGH THE STREETS OF NEW DELHI EARLIER THIS WEEK TO BEGIN THE COLOURFUL CEREMONIES WHICH PRECEDED THE UNION OF TWO OF INDIA'S OLDEST AND WEALTHIEST FAMILIES. THE PRINCE OF BIKANER MARRIED PRINCESS PADMA KUMARI OF CHAMBA, IN WHAT IS THOUGHT COULD BE THE LAST ROYAL WEDDING IN INDIA BEFORE THE TRADITIONAL PRIVILEGES OF PRINCESSES ARE ABOLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THIS FILM ALSO SHOWS SOME OF THE MARRIAGE RITUALS INVOLVING THE YOUNG ROYALS BEFORE THEIR WEDDING.
    SYNOPSIS: FORT BIKANER, NEAR DELHI, SEAT OF ONE OF INDIA'S OLDEST AND WEALTHIEST ROYAL FAMILIES.
    HERE, MAHARAJ KUMAR, THE PRINCE KUMAR, THE PRINCE OF BIKANER WAITS FOR THE EVENING, WHEN A STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL PROCESSION WILL COMPLEMENT THE TRADITIONAL RITUALS TO PREPARE HIM FOR MARRIAGE....
    THE PRINCE'S MOTHER IS AMONG THE OBSERVERS OF THE RITUALS, WHICH MARK AN INDIAN ROYAL WEDDING. AND THE SISTER TOO.
    DURING THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY THE PRINCE WEARS THIS SPECIAL CROWN--CALLED A MUKUT-- AND IT IS TIED ONTO HIS HEAD BY A PRIEST AND LADIES-IN-WAITING. THIS WEDDING, IN WHICH PRINCE BIKANER WILL MARRY PRINCESS PAOMA KUMARI OF CHAMBA, HAS CREATED PARTICULAR INTEREST. IT'S SPECULATED THAT THIS MAY BE THE LAST ROYAL WEDDING IN INDIA BEFORE THE TRADITIONAL PRIVILEGES OF PRINCESSES ARE ABOLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT....THE PROCESSION. IT'S THE EVE OF THE WEDDING, LAST MONDAY. THE PROCESSION STARTED FROM FORT BIKANER. THE PRINCE RIDES PERCHED ATOP AN ELEPHANT, AS GUESTS AND SERVANTS WALK BEFORE HIM. THERE WERE CAMELS, HORSES, OLD CHARIOTS, SILVER PALANQUINS, BANDS AND HUGE CROWDS ON THE STREETS TO WATCH THE PROCESSION.
    GIFTS ARRIVED FROM ALL PARTS OF THE LITTLE REALMS THE TWO ROYAL FAMILIES STILL HAVE. THE FAMILY OF THE BRIDE IS THE CHAMBAS, WHICH IS MENTIONED IN LOCAL LITERATURE AS EAR BACK AS THE SIXTH CENTURY. HERE IS THE MAHARAJA CHANBA. THE BRIDE'S FATHER. IT'S AT GOOD MATCH FOR HER FAMILY, AND THERE IS A WARM MEETING BETWEEN MAHARAJA CHAMBA AND MAHARAJA BIKANER. ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ZRYRCXB7ILAY7I7AH2DJY9CX
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ZRYRCXB7ILAY7I7AH2DJY9CX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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