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    A rather dangerous game with bulls and Indian musicians, dancers and performers

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    No documentation for this item. It appears to be some kind of celebration.


    A dangerous game is being played. Two bulls are head-locked in a fight in a fenced arena. Indian men stand directly behind them, pushing and goading them. Various spectators also climb over the fence to hit them with sticks. CU the bulls horns locked in conflict. Cut to the same scenario but with rams.

    Pan around a park / garden where a lot of Indian people in smart white robes are gathered. Two men are also involved in a fight using a kind of marshal arts weapon. Various shots of men and women in saris walking on the lawns. In the background are decorative tents and canopies. Dignitaries arrive in a car (the Maharanee?) and meet and greet people around the grounds. A small boy makes a presentation to a group of people seated under a tent. The camera pans slowly along a group of musicians play traditional and unusual looking musical instruments. Various CUs the musicians. Two girls in elaborate sari costumes perform a traditional dance in front of the musicians. Various shots and close-ups.

    Inside a tent, guests seated on the floor are given flowers. Inside a large hall, women and children perform a clapping dance. GV high up inside the hall as children perform for dignitaries seated on a dais. A woman sings accompanied by four musicians. MS the three musicians wobbling the heads from side to side as they perform. Young children perform a dance using swords. Other children dressed in safari hats and outfits (perhaps boy scouts?) march for the audience. The dignitaries emerge into the sunlight from the interior.

    Pan across some very elaborate buildings with slim pillars and wide arches adorned with garlands of flowers and fabric. (The buildings have the appearance of tier of a wedding cake).

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1935
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:31:00 / 01:48:57:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    This is a rare video that contains not only footage of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, his wife the Maharanee, and his heir Pratapsingrao, but also exceptionally rare footage of the dance form today known as "Bharatanatyam" performed by two devadasis before the dance revival of 1930s India. The video was likely filmed at the 1926 Golden Jubilee celebrating 50 years of Sayajirao's reign, and the locations featured are the arena/agad, motibag palace gardens, nazarbag palace gardens, and nyaya mandir. I featured all the research and findings I made about this video at

    Thank you BritishPathe for making these gems available to the public!

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  2. Unknown user says

    Yes it is true, the video was likely filmed at the 1926 Golden Jubilee celebrating 50 years of Sayajirao's reign and it is a rare footage of 'Bharatnatyam' performed by family and group of artists. The musicians in this video are,on Mridangam Shri Tambuswamy (Nephew of Thanjavur Appaswamy), Nattuvangam Accompanist Shri Chandrasekar (Learnt Nattuvangam from Tanjore Appaswamy, A close relative on Harmonium, Lead Nattuvangam Thanjavur Shri Appaswamy and on Oothu Shri Sabhapati (Father of Shri Chandrasekar). In those days artist use to perform standing as they respect the presence of the king. The dancers were the famous Gaura and Kantimathi (Cousin Sisters) When Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III came in ruling in then Baroda state (Vadodara), Gujarat, he married with Princess Maharani Chimnabai of Tanjore. The queen Chimnabai brought the music and art group from Tanjore to Baroda in 1892. Thank you BritishPathe for this rare video. I can see my Great Grandparents performing. Thanks a lot.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Thanjavur Appaswamy Nattuvanar was from a traditional Bharatnatyam Nattuvanar family. He learnt this art form from his father Tangam Pillai (Tangaswamy) Nattuvanar. Kantimatiammal the most famous dance exponent who was wife of Thanjavur Appaswamy Nattuvanar and mother of renowned Guru Kubernathji, had her initial training from her parents; she also learnt dance from Kannaiya Nattuvanar in Thanjavur, Abhinaya from Tiruvavur Sardaammal. Later she learnt from Kannuswamy Nattuvanar and Vadivelu Nattuvanar II, descendants of Thanjavur Quartet.

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  4. Unknown user says

    Thanjavur Appaswamy Nattuvanar and Thanjavur Kantimatiammal had total 5 children (4 brothers and 1 sister). Eknath, Janardhan, Sushila, Loknath and Kubernath.

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  5. Unknown user says

    Hello Ashish Tanjorkar, Thanks so much for enlightening us with your family history along with the names of your ancestors. Particularly happy to know the identity of all the artists in the video! But then, If your great grandparents came to Baroda in 1892, then in 1926 ,Kantimathiamma would have been in hers 50's if not 60's . But the dancers in the video dont look that old. Also , which of the two dancers is your great grandmother? And is the lead nattuvanar ( white moustache) your great grandfather, sri Appaswamy? Look forward to your comment. Thank you in advance.

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